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Should is sometimes used with a similar meaning to 'ought to' and sometimes with a similar meaning to 'would'.
Should has the negative form should not. The not is not usually pronounced in full. When you write down what somebody says, you write shouldn't.
The following are some less common uses of should. When should is used in any of these ways, you pronounce it in full and you do not write it as ''d'.
Should is sometimes used in subordinate clauses, especially in writing. You use it in 'that'-clauses after verbs like propose and suggest.
In formal English, should is sometimes used in conditional clauses.
In a sentence like this, should can be put at the beginning of the clause, followed by the subject.
In conversation and most kinds of writing, it is not necessary to use should in this kind of clause. You just use the simple present tense. For example, instead of saying 'If he should come, we will talk to him', you say 'If he comes, we will talk to him'.
When you are making a formal request or offer, you can use should in a conditional sentence.
You can use should with like when you are formally announcing that you are going to do something.
Should can be used after I or we in a purpose clause.
You can express a wish by using I should like .
You can say what you do not want by using I shouldn't like.
You use should after I or we to say that something is certain to happen in particular circumstances.
should ought to
You use should or ought to to say that you expect something to happen.
You use should or ought to with have and an -ed participle to say that you expect something to have happened already.
You also use should or ought to with have and an -ed participle to say that something was expected to happen, but did not happen.
You must use have and an -ed participle in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'The project ought to finish by now'.
You use should or ought to to say that something is morally right.
You can say you should or you ought to when you are giving someone advice.
Should and ought to have the negative forms should not and ought not to.
The not is not usually pronounced in full. When you write down what someone says, you write shouldn't or oughtn't to.
When you make a negative statement with ought in American English, you can omit to:
should[ʃʊd] AUX VB, MODAL AUX VB
should I be out at the time; if I should be out at the time → si estoy fuera en ese momento
I shouldn't be surprised if → no me sorprendería si ...
I should have liked to → me hubiera gustado ..., quisiera haber ...
thanks, I should like to → gracias, me gustaría
I shouldn't like to say → prefiero no decirlo
I should think so → supongo que sí
I should be so lucky! → ¡ojalá!
all cars should carry a first-aid kit → todos los coches deberían llevar un botiquín
you should take more exercise → deberías hacer más ejercicio
I should have been a doctor → yo debería haber sido médico
you shouldn't do that → no deberías hacerlo, más vale no hacer eso
I shouldn't if I were you → yo que tú no lo haría
he should know that → debiera or debería saber que ...
all is as it should be → todo está en regla
..., which is as it should be → ..., como es razonable, ..., que es como tiene que ser
why should I? → ¿por qué lo voy a hacer?, ¿por qué tengo que hacerlo?
why should he (have done it)? → ¿por qué lo iba a hacer?, ¿por qué tenía que hacerlo?
why should you want to know? → ¿por qué has de saberlo tú?
he should pass his exams → debería de aprobar los exámenes
they should have arrived by now → deben (de) haber llegado ya
he should be there by now → ya debería estar allí
they should arrive tomorrow → deberán or deben (de) llegar mañana
that shouldn't be too hard → eso no debería ser muy difícil
I should have told you before → tendría que or debería habértelo dicho antes
this should be good → esto promete ser bueno
should[ˈʃʊd](STRONG) [ʃəd] aux vb
I should go now → Je devrais partir maintenant.
You should take more exercise → Vous devriez faire plus d'exercice.
Should our children be taught to swim at school? → Nos enfants devraient-ils apprendre à nager à l'école?
All visitors should register with the British Embassy → Tous les visiteurs doivent s'inscrire auprès de l'ambassade britannique.
I should have told you before → J'aurais dû te le dire avant.
I shouldn't have said what I did → Je n'aurais pas dû dire ce que j'avais fait.
You should have done that yesterday → Tu aurais dû faire ça hier.
You should have seen his face! → Si tu avais vu sa tête!
He should be there now → Il devrait être arrivé maintenant.
That shouldn't be too hard → Ça ne devrait pas être trop difficile.
What should I do? → Qu'est-ce que je dois faire?
Should I or shouldn't I go to university? → Est-ce que je dois aller à la fac ou pas?
I should go if I were you → Si j'étais vous j'irais.
Should he phone → Si jamais il téléphone ...
I should be so lucky! → ça serait trop beau!
I should like a cup of coffee → Je prendrais bien un café.
I should like to come → J'aimerais bien venir.
I should like to → Volontiers.
shouldpret of shall
should[ʃʊd] modal aux vb
I should go now → dovrei andare ora
I should have been a doctor → avrei dovuto fare il medico
you shouldn't do that → non dovresti farlo
I should go if I were you → se fossi in te andrei
I shouldn't if I were you → se fossi in te non lo farei
how should I know? → e che ne so io?, e come faccio a saperlo?
they should have arrived by now → a quest'ora dovrebbero essere già arrivati
he should be there now → dovrebbe essere arrivato ora
this should be good → dovrebbe essere bello
I should like to → mi piacerebbe
I should have liked to → mi sarebbe piaciuto
I should think so! → mi pare!, direi!
should he phone ... (frm) → se telefonasse..., se dovesse telefonare...
who should I see but Maria! → e chi dovevo vedere se non Maria!