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Should vs. should've #1 (permalink) Thu Aug 05, 2010 18:12 pm   Should vs. should've
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #297 "Advice", question 8

Curt: What ......... we do tonight?
Lana: Why don't we go to the local pub?

(a) don't
(b) should
(c) should've
(d) think

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #297 "Advice", answer 8

Curt: What should we do tonight?
Lana: Why don't we go to the local pub?

Correct answer: (b) should
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what is different between b&c
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Test incompl/elem-297, Question 8 #2 (permalink) Thu Aug 05, 2010 18:46 pm   Test incompl/elem-297, Question 8
 

"What should've we do tonight makes no sense?" makes no sense.
It would have to be "What should we have done tonight?"

That, of course, does not fit the structure of this answer and has a different meaning.
The meaning of the correct answer to this question seeks advice for what would be best for tonight. We can do still whatever that is. "What should we have done tonight?" reflects on what would have been best after they apparently did nothing, decided to do nothing or did something they found unsatisfactory. The answer can no longer be done. They just want to know what would have been better than what actually did happen.
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Test incompl/elem-297, Question 8 #3 (permalink) Thu Aug 05, 2010 18:57 pm   Test incompl/elem-297, Question 8
 

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What is the difference between answer b and c?

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