Definition of should in English:
modal verb (3rd sing. should)
- They should make it their duty to make everything as simple and straightforward for you as possible.
- When a person enters the army, they have to swear an oath, and they should fulfil their obligation.
- At the very least the council should assume a duty of care to all the kids using this scheme.
- You would think that people with this distressing condition should not be in jail at all.
- He believed there should be a stamp duty or tax on a second seller of rezoned land.
- One of the features of the new mood is that religion should be effective in the marketplace.
- One woman on a recent programme suggested that everyone should wear British clothes.
- Official advice is that men should not drink more than three to four units a day, and women no more than two to three daily.
- Once you know where you are going to travel, you should seek medical advice.
- All these factors should be enough to gain Magee victory, probably on points.
- The yellow bus scheme should alleviate any worries parents have about public transport.
- Having won in Katowice, England should be good enough to do it again at home.
- A friend suggested if I were an American, I should pass the US Foreign Service exam.
- I signed a ‘living will’, making it clear that, if I were terminally ill, I should receive no more than palliative care.
- If he feels that strongly about the current situation should he not be campaigning for someone else?
- Perhaps other people in my situation should not disregard this opportunity if offered.
- Huntley said that should such a situation arise, he would report it to a senior member of staff.
- It seems to me revealing that Mr Halley and Mr Gibbins should describe him as if he were one and knew what he was doing.
- I am astonished that you should take exception to an obviously Platonic enthusiasm.
- He was so anxious that she should like them and they her.
- Alongside these menacing words is a call for self-sacrifice, in order that democracy should prevail.
- He appealed to his relatives and friends to encourage the player so that he should remain focused in his football career.
- I should be grateful if you could draw this letter to the attention of your readers.
- I should like to complain about the failure of the BBC to cover the 50th celebration of Eurovision last night.
- If Mr McIntyre has such evidence, I should like him to let me have it so I can investigate his claims.
- In the final analysis, we should hope that fear of global warming will subside.
- I should imagine the Elliotts feel the same way.
- It's not overly complicated, which would appeal to the majority I should imagine.
- You should have heard it echoing down the corridor, hilarious and beautiful all at once.
- Oh, and you should hear the ghastly screaming noise his girlfriend makes at night.
- If you thought that the other house had a bad record, you should hear about this one.
- I snuck downstairs into the luxurious media headquarters, and who should I see but the two girls from that now-famous beer commercial.
- Our photographer was dispatched to get a picture of the distressed bird lover, but on the way back, what should he see but 30 ducks waddling towards him.
As with shall and will, there is confusion about when to use should and would. The traditional rule is that should is used with first person pronouns (I and we), as in I said I should be late, and would is used with second and third persons (you, he, she, it, they), as in you didn’t say you would be late. In practice, would is normally used instead of should in reported speech and conditional clauses: I said I would be late; if we had known we would have invited her. In spoken and informal contexts the issue rarely arises, since the distinction is obscured by the use of the contracted forms I’d, we’d, etc. In modern English uses of should are dominated by the senses relating to obligation (for which would cannot be substituted), as in you should go out more often, and for related emphatic uses, as in you should have seen her face! For a discussion on the use of should of instead of should have, see have (usage).
Old English sceolde: past of shall.
Words that rhyme with shouldcould, good, hood, Likud, misunderstood, pud, stood, understood, withstood, wood, would
- US English dictionary
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