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Meaning of “should” - Learner’s Dictionary

should

modal verb     strong /ʃʊd/ weak /ʃəd/
BEST B1 used to say or ask what is the correct or best thing to do: He should have gone to the doctor. Should I apologize to her? You shouldn't be so angry with him.Duty, obligation and responsibility
EXPECT B1 used to say that you expect something to be true or that you expect something to happen: She should be feeling better by now. The letter should arrive by Friday.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
POSSIBLE formal used to refer to a possible event in the future: Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. I'll be in my office, if anyone should ask.Possible and probable
why should/shouldn't...? B2 used to ask or give the reason for something, especially when you are surprised or angry about it: He told me to forgive her, but why should I? Motives and reasons
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…
(Definition of should from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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