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Would you be kind enough to tell me your expert opinion as well as comment on the following sentences?
I think it only natural that he should like his job.
I think it only natural that he likes his job.
They find it curious that he should think so.
We thought it odd that he should think so.
He believed it impossible that anybody could have succeeded where he had failed.
It is curious that he should have lost the key again.
It was simply impossible that he should have lost the key again.
What a pity that he lost the key again.
How annoying that he lost the key again.
Thank you for your efforts.
Last edited by vil; 13-Mar-2009 at 13:08.
Last edited by tareq10; 13-Mar-2009 at 13:02.
PS - Tareq's "it's" in the first two are not necessary, but I agree that that's a more common way to phrase it. "It" without the apostrophe sounds more formal or old-fashioned.
Hi Charley Bernstein,
Thank you for your reply as well as for your ever so much excellent and tasteful amendments to my wording.
Please, excuse my obstinacy, but I would very thankful to you if you revise the following sentences.
The tickets for the forthcoming concert of Madonna in Sofia are sold out.
1. What a pity the tickets should be sold out!
2. Isn't it strange that the tickets should be sold out?
3. It was impossible that the tickets should be sold out.
4. It's rather odd that the tickets should be sold out.
Thank you again for your effort.
Last edited by vil; 13-Mar-2009 at 14:21.
It's a style question. "Should be" sounds a little more formal and old-fashioned than "were" and "are."
There's another thread going here about "would" that brings up the same issue.