1. I should have done this.

  2. I should have been done this.

  3. I should have been to do this.

I have not too much idea about english but I want to know that, grammatically above sentences are correct or not? Please someone let me know.

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    If what you're trying to express is that someone else was chosen to do this (and you think you should have been chosen), the most natural version is probably I should have been the one to do this. Your first version (I should have done this) could in principle be used, but it's a much "weaker" assertion for this context, since it can often be used where it means I failed to do this, even though I should have (admitting one's own failure, not disagreeing with someone else's allocation of tasks). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Aug 4 '18 at 13:30

The first sentence, 'I should have done this', is a grammatically correct sentence, meaning that I regret not having done something. Neither of the other two sentences would be spoken by a native English speaker.

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  • thank you @James for responding "I should have been to do this." <- Is it correct formation? Please help – Brajesh Aug 4 '18 at 13:05
  • You could make 3 work in very particular circumstances. "I should have been at my mum's to help clean up. I should have been to do this." ... but you're pushing it, even then. – gone fishin' again. Aug 4 '18 at 13:11
  • You can say 'I should have been...', but you cannot say 'I should have been to do'. The closest sentence that I can think of to this structure would be something like, 'I should have been someplace doing something.' – James Aug 4 '18 at 13:14
  • @James How about: I should have been at home to do the cooking instead of leaving it to mum? – Ronald Sole Aug 4 '18 at 14:47
  • @james I can actually think of a contrived context where I should have been done to that makes sense, but it's certainly not normal. It's conceivable to interpret I should have been done to that as They should have used me against that. (Somebody with special skills who is used to address something.) – Jason Bassford Aug 4 '18 at 14:56

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