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English definition of “should”

should

modal verb (DUTY)    strong /ʃʊd/ weak /ʃəd/
A2 used to say or ask what is the correct or best thing to do: If you're annoyed with him, you should tell him. You should change trains at Peterborough if you're going to Newcastle. "Should I apologize to him?" "Yes, I think you should." You should be ashamed of yourselves. This computer isn't working as it should. There should be an investigation into the cause of the disaster. He said that I should see a doctor. I should have written to her but I haven't had time. It's very kind of you, but you really shouldn't have bothered. Where should (= do you suggest that) we meet tonight? It's rather cold in here. Should I (= do you want me to) turn the heating on?Duty, obligation and responsibility Grammar:Ought to or should?Ought to and should are similar in meaning. Should is more common than ought to. Ought to is more formal than should:See moreGrammar:ShouldSee moreGrammar:Should: formsSee moreGrammar:Should: usesSee moreGrammar:Should and wouldWe use should as a more formal alternative to would with I and we in conditional clauses.See moreGrammar:Should and ought toShould and ought to have similar meanings and uses. Ought to is more formal and less common than should:See more
(Definition of should modal verb (DUTY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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