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    #1

    had to be fired

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-He did not work so badly that he should have been fired.

    2-He did not work so badly that he had to be fired.

    3-He did not work so badly that they would fire him.

    Which of the above sentences correspond to which of the following cases"

    a-He was indeed fired.
    b-He was not fired.
    c-The speaker does not know if he was fired or not.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    Last edited by navi tasan; 19-Jun-2014 at 07:25.

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    #2

    Re: had to be fired

    His work was not bad enough to merit being fired.

    Works for a, b, and c. ;)

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    #3

    Re: had to be fired

    With 1 and 2, you assume the speaker did know, but it could apply to either.

    He wasn't fired.
    A: And that's the story of how Tom screwed up. Almost every week brought a new disaster that summer.
    B: So they fired him?
    A: No! His work wasn't so bad that he should have ben fired. (I would never say this, by the way - I'd say "No, it wasn't so bad that they had to fire him.") He just needed someone to show him the right way to do it. He's a great employee now.

    He was fired:
    A: He screwed up pretty often, but I never though it was that bad. We were all sad when he left. I mean, none of us thought his work was bad that he should have been fired.

    With 3, he wasn't fired.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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