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B: I shouldn't think so. /
I don't think so.
What would be the difference between these two responses?
No difference in import. B1 sounds more BrE to me, and slightly more confident, but I'm no expert.
By the way, this is not the should of advice but of expectation. It's I don't expect so. Not It's not advisable for me to think so.
do I say "I shouldn't have thought so" as in "I have already thought that he is going to go into coma, but it's not advisable for me to think so"
So, when General MacArthur said, "I shall return (using shall with the 1st person, trying to be grammatically corect), he should have said, "I will return", for emphasis.
As I said, this distinction has largely disappeared in AmEng.
I think this now is a case of convention rather than rule, as things go today.
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