Postby Prototype on Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:47 pm

Dear Prof,

a- Do the following sentences mean the same?

There shouldn´t be more than 5 students in each group vs There should be no more than 5 students in each group.


Re: Miscellany

Postby prof on Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:46 am

These sentences look at the same topic from different points of view.

'There should be no more than five students' is a constructive suggestion which sets the parameters to the size of the group.

'There shouldn't be more than five students' is prohibitive, and says that more than five students invalidates the instruction.

In each case you can't put more than five students into the group so the effect is the same. However the use of 'shouldn't' makes the sentence more of a negative instruction and less a statement.
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