Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Dec 2006
    • Posts: 1,840
    #1

    I wouldn't know

    1. It is (high) time (that) I went now.

    2. It is (high) time (that) I should go now.

    3. It is (high) time (that) I go now.

    Are the above sentences acceptable in American English?
    ----------------------------
    Hi,

    I wouldn't know about the American English part of your question since I'm from the UK but for me the only acceptable sentence is number (1).

    Alan
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic23105.html
    What's the difference in meaning between "I wouldn't know" and "I don't know"?


    Last edited by sitifan; 11-Jul-2016 at 00:50.
    I need native speakers' help.

  1. Skrej's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: May 2015
    • Posts: 2,321
    #2

    Re: I wouldn't know

    They all work for this speaker of AmE, although I prefer #2 the least. 'Should' seems redundant.

    "I don't know" means I don't have that information.

    "I wouldn't know" means I don't have that information, and there's no reason to expect why I should have it.

    We usually say the latter when somebody asks us a question about something we're either not interested in, or we are upset that we don't know it, such as being excluded from an information source.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • New Zealand
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Nov 2010
    • Posts: 2,013
    #3

    Re: I wouldn't know

    not a teacher

    For me, the most natural form is, "It's high time that I went".

Similar Threads

  1. wouldn't make or wouldn't have made
    By bebe heart in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-Mar-2016, 12:23
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-Jan-2015, 20:38
  3. I wouldn't know about that.
    By shhop319 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Apr-2014, 23:45
  4. Wouldn't have flown - wouldn't have decide to fly
    By sb70012 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-Sep-2013, 07:56
  5. Wouldn't want...
    By piggy386 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-Dec-2004, 00:15

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •