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    eventually, should

    Dear teachers,
    I have two quesitons to ask:
    I am confused by the two words: eventually and consequently . The definitions in my dictionary:
    eventually: resulting
    consequently: resulting
    Could you please kindly explain them to me?
    It surprised us all that he should behave as if he had done nothing that made us ashamed of him.
    Could you please explain the meaning of "should" here?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: eventually, should

    Usually, eventually means "after waiting a period of time."

    Tom tried many times to unlock the door, and eventually he opened it.

    Consequently means "as a result."

    Tom had opened that door before; consequently, he knew which key to use.

    In your other sentence, should is being used in an older form which means, "through his own will."

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    Re: eventually, should

    'eventually' means 'in the end, after a long delay, dispute, or series of problems'

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