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27 / 10 / 2006

REVISION OF MODAL VERBS-7 --> SHOULD: meaning and examples

Good morning.

As we have seen over the last several days, there is a lot to say about modal verbs, and we have only just begun! However, today will be the last day that we will dedicate to this very important topic. Today we will look at should.

We use the modal verb should when we want to indicate that something is a good thing or a bad thing to do. We often use it together with the word think.

1) I think you should accept the job.

1.1) You should accept the job.

Should is not as strong as must or have to.

2) You have to accept the job. (obligation)

So, we use should to talk about what is the right or wrong thing to do in a certain situation.

3) When you're in a library you shouldn't speak loudly.

4) If you would like to be rich, you should read the book "Rich Dad Poor Dad," by Robert Kiyosaki.

As you can see, should can be used to give advice. In example 3 we are indicating a social or societal norm, but in example 4 we are really giving advice, which is one of the most common uses of should.

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