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Spanish translation of “should”

should

verb /ʃud/ (negative short form shouldn’t /ˈʃudnt/)
past tense of shall
habría
I thought I should never see you again.
used to state that something ought to happen, be done etc
deber (hacer algo)
You should hold your knife in your right hand You shouldn’t have said that.
used to state that something is likely to happen etc
deber (de)
If you leave now, you should arrive there by six o’clock.
used after certain expressions of sorrow, surprise etc
que + subjuntivo
I’m surprised you should think that.
used after if to state a condition
(usado para expresar condicional: if anything should happen to me = si algo me sucediera)
If anything should happen to me, I want you to remember everything I have told you today.
(with Ior we) used to state that a person wishes something was possible
gustar (I should love to go to France = me gustaría ir a Francia)
I should love to go to France (if only I had enough money).
used to refer to an event etc which is rather surprising
(usado para referirse a una situación no esperada)
I was just about to get on the bus when who should come along but John, the very person I was going to visit.
(Definition of should from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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