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How do we use the modal verb “should”? English Grammar Explanations

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How do we use the modal verb should

How do we use the modal verb “should”? English Grammar Explanations

How do we use the modal verb should

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How do we use the modal verb should  @ Elza Sagymbaeva , Thank you for your question.

How do we use the modal verb should  As usual, I will try to explain the difference using simple language and plenty of examples.

 
 
“Should” is a modal verb used quite often in the English language.
 
 
“Should” is most commonly used to make recommendations or give advice. We use “should” to say that you think it is a good idea to do something, it is the right thing to do.
 
  • It’s late and you’re tired. You should go to bed. (advice)
  • Your cough is really bad. You should go to the doctor. (advice)
  • It’s a good film. You should see it. (recommendation)
  • The hotel is far from the station. You should take a taxi. (recommendation)
 
 
“Should not (shouldn’t)” is the opposite of “should”= it is not a good thing to do.
 
  • You shouldn’t go to bed so late. You always feel tired in the morning.
  • You shouldn’t play computer games so often.
  • Jack shouldn’t smoke. It’s bad for his health.

 

We often use I think … you should or I don’t think you should…

 

We use Do you think I should … ? to ask for advice

 

  • Do you think I should buy this jacket? I don’t think you should buy it. It’s not really your style.
  • I hate my job. Do you think I should look for another one?
  • I think we should go home now. It’s getting late.
  • You’re not well this morning. I don’t think you should go to work.

 

“Should” can also It can also be used to express obligation and expectation.

  • I really should be in the office by 7:00 AM. (obligation)
  • I really should go now, otherwise, I’ll miss my train.
  • Mark should be in Paris by now. or Mark should have arrived in Paris by now. (expectation)

 

Note: “Ought to” and “oughtn’t to” can be used instead of should in most situations, however, it is rather formal and not commonly used in everyday language.

 
 
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