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    should/would

    Hello, teachers.
    These words are taken from Practical English Usage by Michael Swan.(P.512, 3rd edition)
    reactions: It’s surprising that she should…
    Should is also used in subordinate clauses after words expressing personal judgements and reactions, especially to facts which are already known or have already been mentioned. (This use, too, is more common in British than American English. It is not particularly formal.)
    It’s surprising that she should say that to you.
    I was shocked that she shouldn’t have invited Phyllis.
    I’m sorry you should think I did it on purpose.
    Do you think it’s normal that the child should be so tired?
    In American English, would is more usual in this kind of sentence.
    It was natural that they would want him to go to a good school. (BrE…that they should…….)

    “In American English, would is more usual in this kind of sentence.”
    Is that true?
    I would thank you very much.

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    Re: should/would

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Hello, teachers.
    It’s surprising that she should say that to you.
    =It’s surprising that she would say that to you.
    I was shocked that she shouldn’t have invited Phyllis.
    =I was shocked that she wouldn’t have invited Phyllis.
    I’m sorry you should think I did it on purpose.

    =I’m sorry you would think I did it on purpose.
    Do you think it’s normal that the child should be so tired?
    =Do you think it’s normal that the child would be so tired?
    I wonder if there are any differences between the two kinds of sentences.
    Would you help me please?

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