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English definition of “should”

should

modal verb (PROBABLE)    strong /ʃʊd/ weak /ʃəd/
B1 used to show when something is likely or expected : My dry cleaning should be ready this afternoon . You should find this guidebook helpful . I wonder what's happened to Annie. She should be (= it was expected that she would be) here by now. "Could you have the report ready by Friday ?" "Yes, I should think so (= it is likely that it will be ready )." This should be good (= this is likely to be interesting or amusing ).Possible and probable 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:Grammar:ShouldGrammar:Should: formsGrammar:Should: usesGrammar:Should and wouldWe use should as a more formal alternative to would with I and we in conditional clauses.Grammar:Should and ought toShould and ought to have similar meanings and uses. Ought to is more formal and less common than should:
(Definition of should modal verb (PROBABLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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