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    putative should - time reference

    As far as I know 1 speaks about the past ( I mean saying)

    1 I'm surprised that he should say it to you (yesterday).

    Would it be correct to modify this sentence the following way in order to make a reference to the future.

    2 I'm surprised that he should be going to say it tomorrow.
    3 I'm surprised that he should be saying it tomorrow.

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    Re: putative should - time reference

    1 should be I'm surprised that he should have said it to you or just I'm surprised that he said it to you (the 'should' suggests an element of uncertainty). 2's OK. 3's OK (if a bit dubious because of the 'be saying' - I'd expect something like 'I'm surprised that he should be planning to say it tomorrow.

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