Re: [efiwebheads] Digest Number 1176
- In the past, as something we didn't do and now we regret it, the sentence
We should have kept early hours
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Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2005 12:44:17 +0800 (CST)
From: yiwen su <huhaye@...>
Subject: Re: a question regarding grammar
Dear KKM and Vance:
Thank you so much for your help. I do now know more about how to use the
word "Should"! I asked the question because a teacher of my brother told him
"we should keep early hours" should be used as past sentence, and that
Really appreciate for your help!
vstevens <vstevens@...> wrote:
Thanks for your message to our list, and nice to hear from you.
To answer your question, we have to distinguish between FORM and FUNCTION.
The FORM of should in each of these sentences is present. 'Should be' and
'Should keep' are both present tense forms of should.
The FUNCTION of should in each sentence is future. She should be told
immediately, but actually this is not now, or present, but it is something
we should do in the future, and immediately (or as soon as possible, but
still in the future).
We should keep early hours is also something we should do in the future.
Here the meaning is 'conditional', meaning, if certain conditions apply (we
become better people, we set our alarms, and so on) then in the future we
should behave differently than we do now (apparently, now, we are staying up
too late). I think to keep early hours means to go to bed early, but not
necessarily get up early.
To see more examples, try out this Hong Kong Virtual Language Centre web
based concordancer at: http://www.edict.com.hk/concordance/ . Choose the LOB
or Brown corpus and set the search string equal to 'should' and you can try
to sort the examples of how 'should' is used in real English into patterns
that you can identify.
If anyone on this list tries this, please write back and tell us your
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