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Just heard a non-native English speaker saying this:

"Interesting for you to say that, since..."

I would have said "Interesting that you should say that"

Are both correct and natural? And what about "Interesting that you say that", without "should"?

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  • I think some "native" English speakers might say "Interesting for you to say that ..." "Interesting that you say that ..." (with or without "should") is perhaps a bit more idiomatic, but either is correct and readily understood.
    – Hot Licks
    Jul 13, 2015 at 1:06

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What's "natural" for a non-native English speaker is all over the map. What's their native language? How well do they know English?

All three examples you gave sound OK to me. You could also replace "should" with "would" or possibly even "could," depending on the situation. You could also say "Interesting statement," or "That's an interesting statement."

A lot depends on the non-native speaker's native language and English ability as well as the context.

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