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    #1

    should and should have

    "I should have been here by now."

    Could I say "should be" instead of sentence above in the same context?

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    #2

    Re: should and should have

    I am not a teacher.

    'I should have been here by now' makes no sense at all. You are where you are, and from the subjective point of view, here is where I am all the time.

    'I should be here by now' is hardly any better.

    'I should be there by now' is meaningful, and so are 'You/he/she/it/they should have been here by now'

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    Re: should and should have

    Then let me use other sentences:

    "He should arrive by now."

    "He should have arrived by now."

    Can they be used interchangeably?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Dec-2014 at 18:35. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: should and should have

    No, "He should arrive by now" is just as meaningless. He either has arrived or he hasn't.
    To save further bother, I doubt whether you can come up with two sentences, one with 'should' and the other with 'should have' that are interchangeable.

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    Re: should and should have

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, "He should arrive by now" is just as meaningless. He either has arrived or he hasn't.
    To save further bother, I doubt whether you can come up with two sentences, one with 'should' and the other with 'should have' that are interchangeable.
    I'm not used to using "Should have" in Present time. I hope it won't be a mistake to say "Should".

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    #6

    Re: should and should have

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    I'm not used to using "Should have" in Present time. I hope it won't be a mistake to say "Should".
    I guarantee you that if you use "should" instead of "should have" (or the other way around) you will get sentences that have two entirely different meanings.


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    Re: should and should have

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I guarantee you that if you use "should" instead of "should have" (or the other way around) you will get sentences that have two entirely different meanings.

    Should arrive = Future.

    Should have arrived = Past & Present.

    Is this what you meant?

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    #8

    Re: should and should have

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    Should arrive = Future.

    Should have arrived = Past & Present.

    Is this what you meant?
    Close enough.


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