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Contraction of should not.


contraction of
should not


(ˈʃʊd nt)
contraction of should not.


(ʃud) negative short form shouldn't (ˈʃudnt) verb
1. past tense of shall . I thought I should never see you again.
2. used to state that something ought to happen, be done etc. You should hold your knife in your right hand; You shouldn't have said that.
3. used to state that something is likely to happen etc. If you leave now, you should arrive there by six o'clock.
4. used after certain expressions of sorrow, surprise etc. I'm surprised you should think that.
5. used after if to state a condition. If anything should happen to me, I want you to remember everything I have told you today.
6. (with I or we) used to state that a person wishes something was possible. I should love to go to France (if only I had enough money).
7. used to refer to an event etc which is rather surprising. I was just about to get on the bus when who should come along but John, the very person I was going to visit.
References in classic literature ?
I was naturally a little shy at pushing my nephew, but I'm happy to say you've done me credit, sir; and if I'd had a son o' my own, I shouldn't have been sorry to see him like you.
To think that evening at the rectory that she shouldn't have heard your father was in the house.
You shouldn't have gone into my room in the first place and you shouldn't have touched a brooch that didn't belong to you in the second.
Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,' the Hatter grumbled: `you shouldn't have put it in with the bread-knife.
Harrison, "and you shouldn't have laid the scene among rich city people.
I shouldn't have come in at all except to see how you were getting on.
THE STORY GIRL, WITH A PRETERNATURALLY SOLEMN FACE:--"You shouldn't criticize Peter's story like that.
And no matter who they are, it's somebody they shouldn't be.
The sun shouldn't strike it at all but it does in the morning.
Anyhow, I shouldn't like you to do it, for it 'ud be too hard work for you.
I really don't see why it shouldn't be tried, and I'm almost sure that, if you could only catch a Fairy, and put it in the corner, and give it nothing but bread and water for a day or two, you'd find it quite an improved character--it would take down its conceit a little, at all events.
If some girls should behave like that I shouldn't make any account of it; but this one is so refined, and looks as if she might be so interesting if I once got to know her, that I think about it a good deal.