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    Should, would, could

    Dear all, could you please let me know what goes on the "????" below? The phrase is:
    "Eventually, these propensities should lead native participants to perceive the time constraints imposed as being less hindering and their outputs as being more representative than ???? non-natives."

    Another "should"? A "would"?

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    Re: Should, would, could

    What is the source of that sentence? I'm struggling to make sense of it.

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    Re: Should, would, could

    As I read your sentence, I would put nothing in the ???? spot.

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    Re: Should, would, could

    Hi Rover, the source is my own dissertation.

    In the paragraph that comes immediately before this one, I mention a series of characteristics that native speakers in the idiom in which my experiment was conducted (English) such as a more extensive vocabulary, a higher verbal ability, and a faster memory retrievability compared to the non-natives performing the same experiment.

    My concern is that if I do not put anything in the "???" spot I will be comparing how hindering the time limits of the experiment were with "non-natives", which of course does not make sense.

    This is why I considered using "should" or "would" or perhaps "did". However I am uncertain on which is gramatically corretc.

    Many thanks!

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    #5

    Re: Should, would, could

    The sentence seems to be comparing natives to non-natives. Otherwise, what do "less" and "more than" mean?

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    Re: Should, would, could

    Hi Mike! What I am trying to convey is that natives would perceive the time limits of my experimental task (say, 20 minutes) as less hindering than would non-natives. So, what is being compared in fact is the perceived effects of those limits between natives and non-natives. Many thanks!

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    #7

    Re: Should, would, could

    Quote Originally Posted by Braverman.br View Post
    "Eventually, these propensities should lead native participants to perceive the time constraints imposed as being less hindering and their outputs as being more representative than ???? non-natives."
    "... than they would be perceived by non-natives" might work. It is still a very awkward sentence. Is it the propensities or the time constraints that you are referring to when you mention "their outputs"?

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    Re: Should, would, could

    Hello all and thanks for your replies. Now I simplified the phrase but the doubt remains: In "Eventually, these propensities should lead natives to perceive the time constraints imposed as being less hindering than XXX non-natives....

    What would be the most adequate verb in the XXX spot? "should", "would", nothing at al?

    What I need to convey is that participants of my experiment that were native were expected to perceive the time limits for the completion of experiment as being not too problematic. In turn, those participants who were NOT natives, were expected to perceive those limits as being MORE problematic.

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