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We should have met before you left or before you had left [closed]

Could you please tell me the right way to say: We should have met before you left? We should have met before you had left? (Meaning that we wanted to have a meeting before our departure.)
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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.
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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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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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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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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 as ...
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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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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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“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?