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Why is “should” put in the following sentences?

It's strange that he should say so. She tiptoed lest the guard should hear her. It's crucial that she should have her own car. . I've seen those three sentences somewhere on the internet. I found ...
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Grammar “should it hold up”

I read a news about terrorist attack: Berger said Kobani, aside from being sole example cited, was a military-style operation, not a terrorist attack, so the formula, should it hold up, might ...
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Is “lest” always followed by “should”?

I remember my grandfather giving examples of "lest" like ...lest you should fail. Is "lest" always followed by "should" because I see "lest" all the times without being followed by "should" in ...
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Should instead of would

In Red-headed League from The adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a character named Wilson describes a weird sight of hundreds of red haired men crowding the area to Holmes. By his account he had been ...
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I wonder which I should/Should I buy [duplicate]

Which one is correct: 1. I wonder which computer I should buy. 2. I wonder which computer should I buy. Thank you!
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How does Should/Could/Might/… affect the following verbs [closed]

Which sentence is correct? (1) One should avoid the configurations indicated by (i) and (ii), and focuses on setting the values of .... (2) One should avoid the configurations indicated by (i) and (...
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Can “should” be used to mean “if” and used to mean “would” in the same sentence?

It's grammatical to use "should" like "if": Should you need me, call. I'll be available should she ask for me. Should my mother call, let her know I'll be back shortly. It's also ...
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“Should” as formal IF

Can a phrase starting with "if" always be replaced with a phrase with a phrase starting with SHOULD? It doesn't seem like we can make a direct substitution. For example, we say If he askED you ...
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Degree of Potentiality: Would vs. Should: Which indicates a greater possibility?

People in my new workplace hold that "should" is less definitive than "would," for e.g., in the sentence: Commodity prices could be depressed in 2016 due to oversupply, which should pressure power ...
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Better sentence structure - Inversion sentence with should

My original sentence is: Should the doctrine of democracy be proved to be an important and effective mean to control the government, it should not be reformed insofar as the effect of which is to ...
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should have + past participle (only to talk about things that didn't really happen in the past?)

i am aware of the usage of could, may, should have + past participle to mean something that was possible to happen but did not. But could it be used to mean something that one wasn't sure of doing ...
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How to avoid “should” proposals in technical report?

I noticed that I have many sentences where I say that "[this should be done]" because something is missing and something should be done differently. However, I do not like to be like teaching someone. ...
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Is this the right use of the word 'lest' in this sentence?

The dictionary software 'WordWeb', when searched for the word 'lest' shows this as one of the sentence examples under the meaning 'In case' : "he worried lest he should be late." Now, I have even ...
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Does 'should' imply an unquestionable command?

My question is prompted by a question on the programmers.stackexchange: This may be a duplicate of another question here on english.stackechange, but the answers given to that question did not ...
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What's the difference between “should've wrote” and “should've written”? [closed]

I've heard an American guy say "should've wrote", but as I far as I know, there is supposed to be a past participle (like "written") after "have". Can anybody explain it to me?
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Can “should” be used in first-person, past-tense narration?

Consider this excerpt from fiction in which the character is considering a course of action: We weren’t making any progress. Every suggestion I made seemed to make him angrier. Maybe I should ...
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A word for when something is done in a way that it intuitively should be done, but isn't common practice in any particular industry

For example, Google's changes to their privacy policies are available to the public here. This is one of many examples where this type of practice is very uncommon, but companies should do it. Another ...
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Correct usage of should/would [closed]

Which one is correct? "Would you have any question please contact us", or "Should you have any question, ...." Or none of the twoo , but there is a different solution.
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How do I distinguish simple past and past perfect with “should”?

One type of construction that has always bugged me is the distinction between should (past tense of shall), and its past perfect form. Assume a character, let's call him John: He lost the poker ...
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it's important that he… — it's important for him to

I'm always struggling with these structures: 1) It's important/vital/essential that + subject + (should +) verb It's vital that you (should) do exactly as I say. It's important that they (should)...
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“So shouldn't you”?

So shouldn't you: is this grammatically correct? Or is you shouldn't either the only appropriate response?
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Difference between “should” and “ought to”

What is the difference between You should go and You ought to go? I rarely use the latter.
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If/should… INVERSION FORM

Sentence: Don't worry, I've bought an extra ticket for the show should you decide to come at the last minute. In this sentence, is 'if you decided' also right (instead of 'should you decide', ...
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should have done vs should had done (sequence of tenses) [closed]

imagine you want to use "should have done" in a subordinate clause when there's some past tense in the main clause. e.g.: "He said I should have(had?) done it." which one is correct? or should i ...
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“should + have + p.p.” meaning

We can use the following structure Should + have + p.p. with two different meanings. Can someone explain those meanings for me?
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Are “should've”, “could've”, etc. valid short forms of “should have”, “could have”?

This is interesting - if I write "should've" (for "should have"), my spell checker underlines the word. Same happens if I do "could've" (for "could have"). I use these forms but I'm starting to ...
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using should / had / would in place of “if” to connect sentense

I have seen this kind of construction many times. I sorta know what it means, but not really sure of what kind of grammar is it. For example: And at the very least Gove has given a set of ...
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Simple explanation of the many functional uses of 'should'?

[User John Lawler]: So how many named special cases of each modal verb are there, in toto? There's 1. subjunctive should, and 2. mandative should, and 3. putative should, at least; and I s[up]...
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Putative should - what time does it express? [closed]

Here are some examples with the putative should. What is the factor which indicates the time reference expressed by the putative should in the examples? Being a foreigner to English I find it hard to ...
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How to rationalise the putative 'should'?

Why not simply use the English present subjunctive? Why use and thus complicate 'should' wits its many other meanings? How else can I rationalise the putative 'should', though I heed the Etymological ...
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Use of two should in a simple sentence

Is Headline correct? Can we use two should in a simple sentence
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Should or would [duplicate]

Is it I should be grateful for an early response or I would be grateful for an early response. In formal UK English it is the former but even there I see it less often these days. Since I was brought ...
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'Must' vs 'Should' [duplicate]

Is there any difference among these sentences you must try it you should try it with some respect, i mean when talking to elders
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should: It's funny you should say that

I'm a bit astonished about this special use of "should": 1 (It's) funny you should say that. Why this use of "should"? How is it explained? I think without "should" there would be no difference. Is ...
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When to Use “Could, Would , Will and Can”? [duplicate]

When to Use "Could, Would , Will and Can"? Could you please send me that email? Would you please send me that email? Will you please send me that email? Can you please send me that email? Please ...
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A use of “should” [duplicate]

I don't get to understand the meaning of "should" in this sentence. She stared out of the window with her lips pinched together, and it seemed quite natural that the rain should have begun to ...
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How to use “should” to express surprise and expectation respectively?

The value should be zero can be read as two totally different meanings: The value is zero, and we have expected that it would be zero. The value is zero. But we have never expected that it would be ...
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Nuances in variants of “I should/would/∅ think so”

What is the difference between saying: I should think so. I would think so. I think so. And also what does using should in this way mean? It is strange you should say you have seen her, seeing ...
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Why is the phrase 'Should we not' a Positive assertion?

This phrase is asking the listener to take action in the positive to help our neighbors. "Should we not stand by our neighbors who seek to better their conditions in Kansas and Nebraska?" ...
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It's funny that you should say that. Why “say” not “said”?

There's an exercise in Murphy's Grammar in use unit 34. "It's funny that you should say that. I was going to say the same thing." Why not use past tense "said" but "say" here? Another should ...
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The verb “should” as a conjunction [duplicate]

Here is the phrase from Wikipedia: CFO Peter Klein has said that Microsoft has no alternate plan should its current mobile strategy fail. Another example: Should Microsoft’s tablet and phone ...
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“Should” versus “would”

The NOAD reports the following notes about should and would: The traditional rule is that should is used with first person pronouns (I and we), as in I said I should be late, and would is used ...
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Shouldn't be, should it? [closed]

Hello I was concerned about this. Is this a correct proper formal English? There shouldn't be any issue, should it?
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Why “should be doing” and not just “should do” in the following sentences?

What is the difference between "should X" and "should be Xing" in the following contexts? Or are they interchangeable? 10 Things you should do to improve the health of your hair. 10 Things ...
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Usage of 'Should'

What kind of sentence is it: It is a pity that he should fail the examination. Kindly explain to me in what situation do we use such a structure?
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“Should” vs “have to”

Consider: You should do it. You have to do it. Does should show suggestion and have to show compulsion or motivation? Correct me if I'm wrong.
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“Should” in the past?

What is the way to say that something "should be done" in the past? I know there is a "should have" structure, but it is used for situations, when something was to be done in the past, but it wasn't. ...
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Is “he should be seventeen” correct?

Is the following sentence correct to describe a young man? He should be seventeen. My colleague was absolutely sure it was correct. I disagreed, so we had a bit of an argument. I would agree on ...
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“should like to” vs. “would like to”

“I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring In the sentence above, if ...
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Statement ending in “should”

Is this statement constructed correctly? So because of their compatibility they were able to work closely together as a strong team should Particularly, is it OK for it to end in should? If ...