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    #1

    should say

    Hi

    Please, could you explain the function of "should" in the sentence "I was surprised that he should say such a thing". Is the meaning different to "I was surprised that he said such a thing"?


    Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: should say

    The meaning is the same.

    should

    1. (used to make a statement less direct or blunt): I should think you'll want to apologize.
    (Collins)

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    #3

    Re: should say

    So.. it means I was surprised because I didn't expect for him to say such a thing, and he did say the thing. Is that correct?

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    #4

    Re: should say

    Second question.

    If I say I was surprised that he should say such a thing, how can someone "he should say.." is a past tense? There is no clue...it is a grammar question. Thanks.

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