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Should – Definition, Examples & Usages In Sentence

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Should – Definition, Examples & Usages In Sentence

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Definition

  1. Definition of “Should”
  2. Examples of “Should” In a Sentence
  3. “Should” Usages in a Sentence
  4. How to Use “Should” in Sentence
“Should is an auxiliary verb – a modal auxiliary verb that  can be used to indicate obligation, duty, or correctness, typically when criticizing someone’s actions.

Should Examples & Usages in A Sentence


We use should for giving advice.

    • You should speak to him about it.
    • He should see a doctor.
    • We should ask a lawyer.

We use should to give an opinion or a recommendation.

    • He should resign now.
    • We should invest more in Asia.
    • They should do something about this terrible train service.

should expresses a personal opinion and is much weaker and more personal than ‘must’ or ‘have to’. It is often introduced by ‘ I think’.

    • I think they should replace him.
    • I don’t think they should keep the contract.
    • Do you think we should tell her.

We can use should after ‘reporting verbs’ such as ;

demand  insist  propose  recommend  suggest

    • He demanded that we should pay for the repair.
    • She insisted that she should pay for the meal.
    • I have proposed that he should take charge of the organization.
    • The committee recommends that Jane should be appointed.
    • We have suggested that Michael should be given a reward for his hard work.

However, it is also possible to say exactly the same thing by omitting the ‘should’ and just using the infinitive form without ‘to’ . Some people call this the ‘subjunctive’ form.

    • He demanded that we pay for the repair.
    • She insisted that she pay for the meal.
    • I have proposed that he take charge of the organization.
    • The committee recommends that Jane be appointed.
    • We have suggested that Michael be given a reward for his hard work.

We can use should after various adjectives. Typical examples are : 

funny  interesting  natural  odd  strange  surprised  surprising  typical

    • It’s funny that you should say that. I was thinking exactly the same thing.
    • It’s interesting that they should offer him the job. Not an obvious choice.
    • It’s natural that you should be anxious. Nobody likes speaking in public.
    • Isn’t it odd that he should be going to the same tiny hotel? What a coincidence.
    • It’s strange that you should think so. Nobody else does.

We can use should in ‘if clauses’ when we believe that the possibility of something happening is small.

    • If you should happen to see him before I do, can you tell him that I want to speak to him urgently?
    • If there should be a problem, just give me a call and I’ll sort it out.
    • If anyone should ask where I am, say I’m in a meeting.

We use should in various fixed expressions. 
To show strong agreement

    • They’re paying you compensation?   I should think so.

To express pleasure when you receive a gift

    • What a fantastic present. You really shouldn’t have.

To emphasize  a visible emotion

  • You should have seen the look on her face when she found out that she had got the promotion. 

 

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