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should

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishshouldshould /ʃəd; strong ʃʊd/ ●●● S1 W1 modal verb (negative short form shouldn’t)  1 right thing a) SHOULD/OUGHT TOused to say what is the right or sensible thing to do He shouldn’t be so selfish. Children shouldn’t be allowed to play in the street. ‘I don’t care what people think.’ ‘Well, you should.’ Why shouldn’t I smoke if I want to? b) used to say what would have been right or sensible, but was not done They should have called the police.2 advice used to give or ask for advice What should I do? Should I trust him? You should read his new book. I should stay in bed if I were you.3 expected thing a) PROBABLYused to say that you expect something to happen or be true It should be a nice day tomorrow. Try phoning Robert – he should be home by now. Australia should win this match. ‘Artistic people can be very difficult sometimes.’ ‘Well, you should know – you married one.’ b) used to say what was expected, but did not happen It was an easy test and he should have passed, but he didn’t.4 correct thing used to say what is the correct amount, the correct way of doing something etc Every sentence should start with a capital letter. What do you mean, there are only ten tickets? There should be twelve. White wine, not red, should be served with fish.5 orders formal used in official orders and instructions Passengers should proceed to Gate 12.6 after 'that'XX British English used in a clause beginning with ‘that’ after particular adjectives and verbs It’s strange that you should say that. It is essential that he should have a fair trial. The residents demanded that there should be an official inquiry.7 possibilityIF used to talk about something that may possibly happen or be true Naturally, he was nervous in case anything should go wrong. What if I should fall sick and not be able to work?should somebody/something do something Should you need any help (=if you need any help), you can always phone me at the office.8 imagined situations especially British English formalXX used after ‘I’ or ‘we’ to say what you would do if something happened or was true If anyone treated me like that, I should complain to the manager. I should be surprised if many people voted for him.9 requesting/offering especially British English formalWANT used to politely ask for something, offer to do something, or say that you want to do something I should be grateful if you could provide me with some information. ‘What can I get you?’ ‘I should like a long cool drink.’ We should be delighted to help in any way we can. I should like to thank you all for coming here tonight.10 past intentions/expectationsWILL used as the past tense of ‘shall’ after ‘I’ or ‘we’ to say what you intended or expected to do We knew that we should be leaving the next day.11 what should I see but something/who should appear but somebody etc12 you should have seen/heard something13 how/why should ... ?14 I should think/imagine/hope
Examples from the Corpus
shouldChildren shouldn't take candy from strangers.Annual revenues should be about $ 600 million.There are doubts now as to whether these should be continued.They should be here by 8:00.The city should clean the streets more often.You should have called me right away.Slowly a knot of men formed around us, anxious that we should hear their problems.What should I do?Last year the taxman pocketed 550 million from people who should not have been paying tax - or who paid too much.Once the glue is dry you should place the photograph in the correct position, securing it with masking tape.Counselors should request that each teacher of academic subjects provide a list of students who often fail to complete assignments independently.Why should spirits aid living beings?should somebody/something do somethingAnnual revenues should be about $ 600 million.Counselors should request that each teacher of academic subjects provide a list of students who often fail to complete assignments independently.Last year the taxman pocketed 550 million from people who should not have been paying tax - or who paid too much.Once the glue is dry you should place the photograph in the correct position, securing it with masking tape.Slowly a knot of men formed around us, anxious that we should hear their problems.There are doubts now as to whether these should be continued.Vets should be on Treasure Island.Why should spirits aid living beings?