Translation of "should" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk strong /ʃʊd/ us /ʃʊd/ weak /ʃəd/ us /ʃʊd/

A2 used to say or ask what is the correct or best thing to do

se usa para dar o pedir consejo
He should go to the doctor.
Should I apologize to her?

B1 used to say that you think something is true or that you think something will happen

se usa para expresar algo probable
She should be feeling better by now.
The letter should arrive by Friday.

(Translation of “should” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /ʃud/ (negative short form shouldn’t /ˈʃudnt/)

past tense of shall

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.

(Translation of “should” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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