I hate to bitch but bitch I must

PJ af.gourmet at videotron.ca
Sun Oct 18 15:48:53 UTC 2009


Bob Hall wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 05:36:43PM -0400, PJ wrote:
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>> Bob Hall wrote:
>>     
>>> On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 02:34:40AM +0000, Mark wrote:
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>>>       
>>>> Actually, this has got very little to do with being a native English
>>>> speaker or not. It's ere a matter of intonation (which, in writing, can
>>>> only be conveyed to a certain degree, of course). 'Should' can certainly
>>>> mean "Don't try that." As in:
>>>>
>>>> Will the ice hold me?
>>>> Well, technically it should.
>>>>
>>>> (Meaning: it probably will, but I'm not overly confident.)
>>>>     
>>>>         
>>> Actually, what's happening here is dropping part of a sentence. It's
>>> common in English to shorten
>>> 	Yea, it should work, but it doesn't.
>>>   
>>>       
>> Absolutely not! There is nothing to suggest either statement above. If
>> one says it should work, it can mean (of course, it changes within
>> different contexts) that all is ok and normal conditions (whatever they
>> may be) will allow things to function correctly. There is certainly no
>> implication about confidence... where do you get that? 
>>     
>
> >From common English usage. Specifically, where? Australia, England, Russia, France, USA, Canada... Again, that is your personal interpretation and certainly not "common English usage." Or better yet, try common sense. Or, better yet, you *should* go back to school.
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