I must be a fool to go home

JohnDR

Senior Member
Mandarin
a. I must be a fool to go home.
b. I must be a fool to have gone home.

When your house is hot and the air-conditioner is out of function, and you feel regretful that you did not stay in the air-conditioned library. Which one will you say, sentence a or b? How about if you are still in the library? What would you say?

Thank you!
 
  • cycloneviv

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    Neither of your options sound quite right to me, I'm afraid.

    If you are at home, I would say "I must be a fool to have come home."

    If you were still at the library and had decided not to go home because it was too hot, you could say "I would (have to) be a fool to go home."
     

    b1947420

    Senior Member
    British English
    a. I must be a fool to go home.
    b. I must be a fool to have gone home.

    When your house is hot and the air-conditioner is out of function, and you feel regretful that you did not stay in the air-conditioned library. Which one will you say, sentence a or b? How about if you are still in the library? What would you say?

    Thank you!

    If you had already arrived home from the air-conditioned library you could say "I must be a fool to have come home"

    If you were in the library and contemplating returning home you may say "I would be a fool to go home"

    Hope that helps.
     
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