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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
What I am asking is clear. Explain the difference please. 1) I'm surprised that he should say it to you yesterday. 2) I'm surprised that he should be saying it to you tomorrow. Why does 1 refer to the past and 2 to the future? Do you understand what "a complex matter" means? Study these 2 examples and see that SHOULD does express emotion but in two different times.
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accepted Putative should - what time does it express?
Nov
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
Roaring Fish, well, I think it's a complexed matter including different factors and the putative should is one of them but not an only one. Why don't you answer in full by the way?
Nov
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
I completely agree, Dan Bron. Still, it's not clear how to differentiate the time references.
Nov
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
By the way, whether "putative should" is a good term is beyond of my position to answer. But you can read about it here grammar.about.com/od/pq/g/Putative-Should.htm
Nov
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
Misunderstanding of what? I agree the title is not right, but the contents of the question explains the gist. Every example has a question in parenthesis which hasn't been answered. It feels like people prefer to discredit the question on the grounds of its formal discrepancy found in its title while the gist of the question is very interesting. Well, today you have chosen to ruin rather than create.
Nov
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
Thank you but I don't like your answer. It doesn't tackle my examples at all.
Nov
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
Agreed, but you are nitpicking. Of course "should" on its own doesn't express a certain time, but it's clear from my examples what I mean. Seems to me that your answer is not right.
Nov
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comment Putative should - what time does it express?
I have found them in different English forums (fora). I had read the article before I posted the question. Thank you.
Nov
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asked Putative should - what time does it express?
Nov
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comment For the first time - the first time
Another question. Do you take this sentence "Yesterday I went to Ascot, and I bet on several races. I couldn't believe it when I actually won for the first time" to mean that the person had been trying to win before that time or not necessarily?
Nov
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comment For the first time - the first time
Do you mean that the rest of the examples are OK? Do the alike sentences mean the same? I am trying to find out when For the first time - the first time can be interchangeable.
Nov
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comment For the first time - the first time
I am not sure that your comparison is useful. The question wants a relevant answer not just a comparison with a foreign construction.
Nov
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comment For the first time - the first time
Any comment on my examples? Namely 1,2, 5,6
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asked For the first time - the first time
Nov
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comment Cause for vs cause of
I wonder would it be correct to substitute "cause" with "reason" in the "cause for alarm/panic/concern" = "reason for alarm/panic/concern
Nov
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comment “I wish that” - does it make any sense?
According to ElDynamite "I wish that you find" is an order. "I wish you would find" - is a wish. But I would prefer "I wish you could find".
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comment “I wish that” - does it make any sense?
How would you classify this one? "Dear God, please, please, I wish there to be a circus in my back yard tomorrow afternoon". - Request? = Want?