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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #109208: Should or Would
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    Should or Would

    Should is used for :

    a)  recommendation, advice, reproach, supposition, after  “lest”, “in case”, “for fear”   

    b) to  convey disappointment or irritation : : Why should I…?  How should  I ..?

    c ) to substitute a subjunctive in sentences like 'The  Mayor insists  that all villages should be evacuated'; ' It is  necessary that heshould  ask for it ' ( in reality  this form is disappearing, especially in American English, where we would find  “ It is necessary that he ask  for it “ , without the  third person S!

    Remember a famous song : when  asking for advice Should I stay or should I go  ?

    Would is used for

    a) a repetitive action in the past (while  used to refers to a discontinued habit);  kind  request,  obstinate refusal of someone /something to perform an action

    b) introduced by  a verb in the past tense/s or in indirect speech introduced by a verb in the past tense/s, to refer to future actions

    c) in the 2 conditionals

    d) after  wish to convey a feeling of disappointment or anger. I wish you would stop  complaining! 


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    1. I tried to start that damned car but it not move!
    2. I think you answer the letter now: it's a good idea.
    3. I wish you keep silent for a while and let me speak !
    4. Brian is not in his office at the moment, but he be here any moment.
    5. I kept my green plants inside lest they catch cold.
    6. you please step forward, Sir?
    7. You've put on too much weight, I think you start a diet.
    8. In case Basil come before me, tell him to wait.
    9. They promised me they keep quiet.
    10. I locked my car doors lest someone steal my sat nav.
    11. On Sundays, Mr Brown put on his Sunday best and go to church.
    12. I'm in two minds: I tell the truth or lie ?

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