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May
25
revised I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
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May
25
accepted I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
May
25
comment I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
"go back to" the structure commonly recorded in grammar books. Sorry!
May
25
revised I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
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May
25
comment I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
So, something like "you had better not be the culprit"… which enables one to fall back on "had better" + simple infinitive…
May
25
comment I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
I did not know that "You had better not have done this!" was possible! My many trusted grammar books do not say anything about "had better" followed by a perfect infinitive. This is why I so appreciate this website and its knowledgeable guests!
May
25
revised I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
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May
25
answered I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
May
25
asked I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
May
25
revised Why is the same modal auxiliary, 'may/might' used to ask permission and for uncertainty?
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May
6
awarded  Famous Question
Apr
27
answered When to use “Do you mind…?” and when “Would you mind…?”
Apr
27
comment When to use “Do you mind…?” and when “Would you mind…?”
This is NOT a duplicate!
Apr
27
asked When to use “Do you mind…?” and when “Would you mind…?”
Apr
26
comment “'Hello', says he. 'Hello', says I” — is this correct?
@Mynamite: we make the language… in the long run. But, in between, grammatical and ungrammatical have to apply, otherwise how can we communicate if everything means anything I want it to mean, just because this is how I write and speak?! There has to be a modicum of common ground in language (grammatical and lexical correctness) for people to communicate. You cannot be a poet all the time!
Apr
26
comment “'Hello', says he. 'Hello', says I” — is this correct?
@JanusBahsJacquet: the answer is about the possibility of using the third person singular ending -s in the Present Simple with other personal pronouns, for any verb; a general problem, of which the question about "I says" was just one particular case. So it IS the answer to the question!
Mar
21
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
10
comment What is it called when words are deliberately spelled incorrectly but pronunciation is kept unchanged?
How about 'funneticising'? A portmanteau word: phoneticising – kind of – (Da-lite, a brand name for projection screens; the 'a' and 'i' pronounced the way they are in the alphabet) for the sake of being funny, or for not going to the trouble of a correct but difficult and irregular spelling.
Mar
10
comment What is it called when words are deliberately spelled incorrectly but pronunciation is kept unchanged?
How about the portmanteau word "funneticising"? A tendency to phoneticise for the sake of being funny, or for not going to the trouble of a correct but difficult and irregular spelling
Mar
4
accepted Does “trial” collocate with the verbs “win” and “lose”: can you “win/lose a trial”?