Definition of should
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
Word Origin for should
usage for should
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