"should have done"
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Mon Nov 28 13:06:54 UTC 2005
From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM>
> I always thought this was a British construction. Do people say this
> in the U.S.?
> Bill : People made assumptions. I didn't correct them. I guess I
> should have done.
> Katherine : I guess you should have done.
> --Movie, _Mona Lisa Smile_ (2003)
> I would never use "done" in this way. "I guess you should have" is
> my idiom.
> What exactly is this construction called ? Is it a post-Dickensian
> development ?
It's rare in American Englishes, but it's been documented in
Utah--Marianna Di Paolo has an article on Utahn propredicate do in a
1993 number of _American speech_.
David Bowie http://pmpkn.net/lx
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