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    He was so considerate when she lost the baby .... told her would have been a son.

    Hello everybody!

    He was so considerate when she lost the baby a year later, overlooking that she had failed to give him what the nurse reluctantly told her would have been a son.

    Does the sentence mean "He was so considerate when she lost the baby a year later that he overlooked the fact that she had failed to give him what the nurse reluctantly told her would have been a son"? (a result sentence: so considerate when she lost the baby a year later that he overlooked the fact

    Did the boy die after being born or was he not born at all and why "would have been" structure is used?

    Thank you.

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    Re: He was so considerate when she lost the baby .... told her would have been a son.

    If a woman "loses a baby" it usually means that she suffered a miscarriage. This, in this piece, is confirmed by the fact that it was "she had failed to give him" and "what ... would have been a son". This child was not born alive. Had the baby been born alive, it would have been a son for the couple.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He was so considerate when she lost the baby .... told her would have been a son.

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    Is my following analysis correct?
    The nurse reluctantly told her it would have been a son. => what the nurse reluctantly told her would have been a son = it
    => S
    he had failed to give him it. Here, it means the baby she had miscarried.
    By the way, will the original sentence sound better if I replace 'so' by 'very'?
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: He was so considerate when she lost the baby .... told her would have been a son.

    Quote Originally Posted by khanhhung2512 View Post
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    By the way, will the original sentence sound better if I replace 'so' by 'very'?
    No.

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    Re: He was so considerate when she lost the baby .... told her would have been a son.

    "He was so considerate when she lost the baby a year later that he overlooked the fact that she had failed to give him what the nurse reluctantly told her would have been a son"
    Where did you find this?

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    Re: He was so considerate when she lost the baby .... told her would have been a son.

    Quote Originally Posted by khanhhung2512 View Post

    By the way, will the original sentence sound better if I replace 'so' by 'very'?
    No. The sentence uses the construction "so ... that ...".

    He was so angry that his face went red.
    I was so sad that I cried for three weeks non-stop.
    He was so considerate ... that he overlooked the fact ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He was so considerate when she lost the baby .... told her would have been a son.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No. The sentence uses the construction "so ... that ...".
    He was so considerate ... that he overlooked the fact ...
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    But it doesn't. The original sentence is: "He was so considerate when she lost the baby a year later, overlooking that she had failed to give him what the nurse reluctantly told her would have been a son."
    I don't think it's a
    "so ... that ..." construction.
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    #8

    Re: He was so considerate when she lost the baby .... told her would have been a son.

    The sentence assumes that he had a right to be angry that she failed to carry their son to term.
    He "overlooks" this failure. That is what makes him considerate.
    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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    #9

    so

    so what is the nurse actually tell her?

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    Re: so

    Quote Originally Posted by bf000777966 View Post
    So what did the nurse actually tell her?
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    From what I understand, after miscarrying the baby, the mother asked the nurse, and the nurse answered, reluctantly, that if the child had been successfully delivered, it would have been a boy.
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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