Origin of should
synonym study for should
words often confused with should
Because the main function of should in modern American English is to express duty, necessity, etc. ( You should get your flu shot before winter comes ), its use for other purposes, as to form a subjunctive, can produce ambiguity, at least initially: I should get my flu shot if I were you. Furthermore, should seems an affectation to many Americans when used in certain constructions quite common in British English: Had I been informed, I should (American would ) have called immediately. I should (American would ) really prefer a different arrangement. As with shall and will, most educated native speakers of American English do not follow the textbook rule in making a choice between should and would. See also shall.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shouldshould , would (see confusables note at the current entry)
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How to use should in a sentence
Apparently, Shakespeare coined 1,700 words, from the frequently used (excitement) to the should-be-more frequently used (spewed).
I never had to go through the should-I-stay-at-home conversation.The NYT’s Game of Thrones: How the Top Journalism Job Was Dangled at Guardian Editor|Lloyd Grove|May 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most thought-provoking for me, however, in this should-have-been story is the moral at the end.
The problem is that Scott is unpopular—awkward, should-we-be-seen-with-him-in-public unpopular.10 GOP Endorsements That Still Matter in 2012’s Presidential Election|John Avlon|December 7, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Less obvious: To what degree can/should advanced countries act unilaterally without waiting for a grand global bargain?
They have a model of the man-as-he-should-be to which they mold him, in spite of himself and without his knowledge.
The type of the man-as-he-should-be varies by fashion, and this type exerts a great selection in the education of the young.
In mediæval society there were strongly defined ideals of the man-as-he-should-be.
Is the ideal of the man-as-he-should-be to be found, for us, in the "common man," or in the highest product of our culture?
But do you not see that though the King should-300- favour us, yet Amneris's rage would be beyond all bounds?Operas Every Child Should Know|Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
British Dictionary definitions for should
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Other Idioms and Phrases with should
In addition to the idiom beginning with should
- should have stood in bed, I
- (should) get one's head examined