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should

modal verb  us   /ʃʊd, ʃəd/

should modal verb (DUTY)

used to express that it is necessary, desirable, or important to perform the action of the following verb: He should have told me about the change in plans. People like that should go to jail. Where should we meet tonight?

should modal verb (PROBABLE)

used to express that the action of the main verb is probable: She should be back at any minute. If you follow these directions, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding our house. That should be enough food for five people.

should modal verb (OPINION)

fml used to express a desire or opinion: I should think he’d be happy just to have a job. I shouldn’t worry about that if I were you.

should modal verb (ASKING WHY)

used after a question word, such as "how" or "why," when asking a reason for something: How should I know where you put the car keys?
Translations of “should”
in Arabic يَنْبَغي, مِن المُتَوَقَّع أنْ ……
in Korean -해야 한다, 아마 -일 것이다…
in Malaysian akan, sepatutnya, mungkin akan…
in French -rais, -rait, -rions…
in Turkish ...malı/meli, yapılması gerekeni istemeden/sormada kullanılır, ...malıydı/meliydi (ama olmadı)…
in Italian usato per dare o chiedere consigli o suggerimenti: dovrei, dovresti, ecc.…
in Chinese (Traditional) 責任, 應當,應該…
in Russian выражает рекомендацию должен, следует, выражает предположение должно быть…
in Polish powinien, jeśli, gdyby…
in Vietnamese diễn tả sự ngạc nhiên, diễn tả cái gì phải, nên xảy ra hoặc được làm…
in Spanish habría, deber (hacer algo), deber (de)…
in Portuguese usado para dizer ou perguntar qual é a coisa mais correta ou melhor a ser feita, usado para dizer que você pensa que algo é verdade ou que vai acontecer…
in Thai ควรจะ, น่าจะ, ใช้ตามหลังประโยคแสดงความเศร้าหรือประหลาดใจ…
in German pt von shall, Konjunktiv, Ausdruck der Wahrscheinlichkeit…
in Catalan s’utilitza per a donar o demanar consell, s’utilitza per a expressar ac probable…
in Japanese ~すべきである, ~のはずである…
in Indonesian akan, semestinya, mestinya…
in Chinese (Simplified) 责任, 应当,应该…
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