what is the meaning of ""I should think not"" in this sentences---- "‘He didn’t give the waiter a tip.’ ‘I should think not, after such bad service"

  • This is the same as your previous question. The meaning is the same as in the phrases you asked about there, i.e. of course he didn't, why would he?! There is a sense of well obviously not! with I should think not! that is not there in I would think not, so I don't agree completely with the answer you got in that thread. I think what you might be missing is that the not just reprises the not in he did not give the waiter a tip - it does not negate should think. With an affirmative we would use I should think so (she divorced him immediately / I should think so!) – Minty Apr 3 '19 at 18:35
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    Possible duplicate of Meaning of ‘I should think not!’ – divibisan Apr 3 '19 at 18:58
  • thank u minty , thank u very much,, you explain very well, you have solved my problem – Kapil Saini Apr 3 '19 at 19:13

It would basically mean, 'well, why would he have even considered giving the waiter a tip if the service was so bad?' or 'of course not'.

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