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-Dad, I don't think I should go to school today! I have a fever. -Oh, yeah?Hmm, feels like a spelling test! Come one, I'll drive you to school. -I knew I should have gone with a spastic colon!

TV Show: Alexa and Katie!

What is the difference between the following?

I knew I should have gone with a spastic colon!

I know I should have gone with a spastic colon!

P.S.: We use "should have + p.p." to talk about a regret or something like that in the past but we mention to that regret in the present. But here it is mentioned to the past!

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    For anyone who needs clarification, the child is faking an illness, reminiscing that he should have decided on the spastic colon affliction in order to trick his dad.
    – user45266
    Jan 25, 2019 at 18:29

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What he regrets is that he chose a fever even though he knew at that time that it was a pretty weak excuse.

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