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In discussion of translating between English and another language I saw some people insisting English "should" must be translated as though it has the obligation sense even in contexts like these:

  • I don't know what I should do next weekend.
  • What should we have for dinner tonight?

But to me, a native English speaker, the should in these examples does not carry any different meaning than if we'd used will or shall or am/are going to.

Looking in some dictionaries though, I'm having trouble seeing which sense of should it would be.

Is this a correct usage, how should we define it, where is it covered in English dictionaries?

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