When do you think I should come?

Status
Not open for further replies.

Winwin2011

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 4, 2011
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
Hong Kong
Current Location
Hong Kong
When do you think I should come?

I wonder if it is common for native speakers to say "When do you think?".
 

5jj

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 14, 2010
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
Czech Republic
Current Location
Czech Republic

Winwin2011

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 4, 2011
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
Hong Kong
Current Location
Hong Kong
I haven't invited you yet!

Thanks 5jj

I was editing my post when you replied. I wonder if it is common for native speakers to say "When do you think?".
 

Rover_KE

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jun 20, 2010
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
England
Current Location
England

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
Yes, it's a common construction. It might help to imagine it like this:

When, in your opinion, should I come?
 

5jj

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 14, 2010
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
Czech Republic
Current Location
Czech Republic
I am relieved that I am not into those spider's-webby diagrams. People who like them would probably have fun with When do you think I should come?

I think that the absence of pauses in speech and of commas in writing make it slightly different in meaning from When should I come, do you think?
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
Yes, I think you're right. Perhaps I should have suggested imagining it as:

At what time do/would you consider it a good idea for me to arrive?

Not, of course, that we would ever actually say that!
 

5jj

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 14, 2010
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
Czech Republic
Current Location
Czech Republic
Health Warning: Do not read this, learners. It could be harmful to your mental health.
Perhaps I should have suggested imagining it as:

At what time do/would you consider it a good idea for me to arrive?
I wasn't saying you were wrong. I was just musing. I would not like to try to explain the precise difference in meaning between those two sentences in my last post.

As a further complicater, your sentence above could perhaps be interpreted as, "You don't consider the idea of my arriving (at any time) to be a good idea. At what time would you consider this?"

:shock:
 
Last edited by a moderator:
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top