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    Hi there: could you explain the difference between "I'm surprised that your wife should object" and "I'm surprised that your wife objects". thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    Hi there: could you explain the difference between "I'm surprised that your wife should object" and "I'm surprised that your wife objects". thank you.
    To me, they mean the same thing. Man B's wife has objected to something, and man A is surprised about that.
    Also:
    "I'm surprised that your wife has objected" - and continues to object.
    "I'm surprised that your wife would object" - pretty much the same as "should object" in today's English.

    No doubt, someone could tease out some semantic niceties; but to me it boils down to the same thing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    Hi there: could you explain the difference between "I'm surprised that your wife should object" and "I'm surprised that your wife objects". thank you.
    'Should' intensifies the feeling of surprise.


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    'Should' intensifies the feeling of surprise.

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    Don't forget though, that some commentators would suggest that "should" intensifies the feeling of surprise!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "I'm surprised that your wife would object" - pretty much the same as "should object" in today's English.

    No doubt, someone could tease out some semantic niceties; but to me it boils down to the same thing.
    While 'should' intensifies the feeling of surprise, 'would' emphasises the woman's refusal to accept the plan.

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