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the usages of should

In a TOEFL conversation, the professor said: "If you're a copper miner, you won't lose any sleep should the penny get – if you'll excuse the expression – pinched out of existence." I am confused by ...
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BrE usage of “should have”

This usage of "should have" appears to be a Britishism. I wonder if anyone cares to provide an explanation of the British "should have" usages. Several observers have emphasised Dusty Miller's ...
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Should danger approach [duplicate]

Should danger approach either its nest or the crocodile nest, the bird would emit warning cries. A. What is the grammatical name for this expression? B. What is its function?
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“should” vs “should have to”

learnersdictionary.com: (1a) All contestants should have to follow the same rules. (2a) No one should have to tolerate that kind of treatment. My variants without "have to": (1b) All ...
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Should + Own something

Suppose it's about to rain. One should bring his umbrella to go out. Is it grammatically correct to say - It looks like it will rain. He should have his own umbrella with him, just in case it does. ...
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What is the function of should in this sentence?

“It’s up to employees to make the case, post-virus, that their employers should invest in additional training and skills" I thought but couldn't find an exact function.
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Use of should in the sentence provided

I don't understand what is the use of "should" in this sentence:- "Strange that now in its old age this dark business should have cast its shadow upon the venerable walls!"
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SHOULD inversion in conditionals

In trying to use inversion with SHOULD to rewrite this sentence "because of the possibility of secondary devices - there were abandonned bags everywhere - arriving ambulance crews were kept back" I ...
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omission of should in that clause

I know that the following sentences are both correct with and without "should." It is strange that he should be angry. It is strange that he be angry. How about these? It is strange that he should ...
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What does “should” mean in the paragraph? Is it because of grammar rule? Can we omit it? Will the meaning be different?

"Looking back, they appreciate the benefits of the tough times, which made them stronger and should enable them to go further in their dancing careers." Thank you!
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Need help with this specific use of “Should” [duplicate]

"We will retain his rights should he wish to be moved elsewhere at a later date" What are the rules with using "should" like that? should he wish to and so on. Because it looks weird. but I know it'...
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Why did the use of “if you shall” and “if you should” dramatically decline?

Google Books statistics indicate that the use of the expression "if you should" and especially of the expression "if you shall" per unit of text length dramatically and steadily declined since the ...
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Non-obligational sense/use of “should” for discussing future plans

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 ...
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Should's or shoulds [duplicate]

I can't figure out for the life of me if it should be "should's" or "shoulds." It's a follow up sentence of saying, "that's a lot of should's." (there was also question as to whether the period ...
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“should” and value judgements

Suppose one of your clients emailed you a few weeks ago saying that it may want to hold a big conference at a certain conference center. You do not know yet if it has decided to proceed with the plan ...
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What to use after “should be”? [closed]

Is it compulsory to use verb+ing with "should be"? Or can I use should be+verb+ed? My example - "something good should be reviewed" is it correct? Or "good movies should be reviewed"
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“should never have” and “should not have”

Is there difference between "should never have" and "should not have". For example: I should not have done what I did. I should never have done what I did.
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The omission of “should” in a clause sentence [duplicate]

I would like to ask if the sentence below is grammatically correct. If yes, could anyone that is familiar with this rule of usage explain how to use it and cover the complete usage? It's a matter ...
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what will come “should” or “shall”? [duplicate]

What should i do? or What shall i do? Which is correct. Note: Im poor in English. So araised this question. I didnt get any proper answer for this question.. Give me proper answer with reason.
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“I should not have” for expressing you regret doing something in the past

Usecase: I went out and got drunk yesterday. Now I regret the fact of drinking a lot yesterday. I should not have drunk a lot yesterday. Is that correct? In general: How can I say that I shouldn'...
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When does “Should” precede the subject? [duplicate]

I'm curious about this matter and have no true explanation for it. As I pinpointed in the title, when does Should precede the subject? I mean the example below (copied): Should your work habits not ...
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“funny that he should say that” vs. “funny that he said that” [closed]

It is funny that he should say that. I was going to say the same thing What is the meaning of should here , and why didn't we use 'the past simple' instead of should in this sentence ?
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How many legitimate uses of “could of” / “would of” / “should of” are there?

After some bad calls using search/replace, I'm curious how many legitimate forms of "could/would/should of" there are. I'm interested in uses that do not derive from, and cannot be replaced by "could ...
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Use of “should have”

It's correct to use "subject + should have + past participle" to events that didn't happen? Example: He should have gone to work yesterday. I can use this with "It"? Example: It should have been a ...
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would + should in one sentence

If the classic authorities could be wrong about so many things, why would should they be trusted about anything? It is from the article in Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/...
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What's the exact meaning of “You should have passed the exam.”? [duplicate]

You should have passed the exam. Can be understood as: You are very smart; the exam is very easy for you; but you didn't pass the exam. You are very lazy; the exam wasn't that hard for you, but you ...
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Is it impolite to use “you should”? [closed]

I am confused with the usage of 'should'. For example, when I want to give advice to another person, I feel that it is not polite to say "you should XX" and I would like to add 'maybe', just to make ...
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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 apply ...
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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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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 to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Difference between “must” and “should” when being respectful [duplicate]

Is there any difference between these sentences: You must try it. You should try it. With some respect, I mean when talking to elders.