Bob Hall wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 05:36:43PM -0400, PJ wrote:
>   
>> Bob Hall wrote:
>>     
>>> On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 02:34:40AM +0000, Mark wrote:
>>>   
>>>       
>>>> 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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