English Grammar Should | 6 uses of Should

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Title: English Grammar Should | 6 uses of Should

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Hello everyone! My name is Lacey and I am your English teacher for today. Welcome to the Eigo Love Youtube Channel! Today, I am going to explain the should grammar. Would, should, and could grammar is something that many ESL speakers struggle with. Today, we will be focusing on should, but I will be breaking down the other two in future videos. “Should” can be used in a many different ways.

to express obligation/give advice

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First, it can be used to express obligation, or something that is responsibility. Second, it can be used to give advice, or to suggest a course of action that someone should follow. These two go hand in hand, so don’t worry too much about separating them.

Here are some examples:

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He should study harder.

You should go to sleep earlier.

She should break up with him.

While the definitions I said earlier sound harsh, this is not always the case.

used in casual conversation

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This grammar can be used in casual conversation. I use it many many times in my daily life.

For example:

You should go watch Aladdin! It’s amazing !

You should try sushi! It tastes delicious.

You should listen to Selena Gomez’s new song.

So like in these three examples, you can use it for food, movies, or music, to give recommendations to your friends. I’ve actually used all three of these sentences recently, which is why I chose them.

negative form

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The negative form can also be used. Should not, or shouldn’t. ”Shouldn’t” is more commonly used because it is easier to say for native speakers. Anyway it’s faster. “Shouldn’t” is used to give advice against something.

You shouldn’t party so much.

You shouldn’t buy a new TV.

shouldn’t have/has + past participle

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It is also used to mention something that was a bad decision or maybe a little regretful.

You shouldn’t have yelled at her.

You shouldn’t have quit your job.

Because have and the past tense(participle) form follows “shouldn’t”, this action was already completed.

You shouldn’t have yelled.

should have/has + past participle

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Similarly, this also is the same for the non-negative version.

You should have called me.

You should have cooked dinner.

You should have cleaned.

should’ve + past participle

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“Should have” also has a shortened version: Should’ve. Combines should have, Should’ve.

You should’ve called me.

You should’ve cooked dinner.

You should’ve cleaned.

“Should’ve” is a bit more natural for native speakers because it’s easier and it’s a little faster.

Thank you for watching

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That is all for today! I hope this clears up some of your confusion with should. If you liked this video, please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to the Eigo Love Youtube channel for more! Also, check out my would and could videos! If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the comment box down below! Until next time! See you!