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An example use of should in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… what do you think should be done tell us …”

meanings of should


  1. Ought to; speaker's opinion, or advice that an action is correct, beneficial, or desirable.
  2. A variant of would when used with first person subjects.
  3. Be obliged to; have an obligation to; indicates that the subject of the sentence has some obligation to execute the sentence predicate or that the speaker has some strong advice but has no authority to enforce it.
  4. Will be likely to (become or do something); indicates a degree of possibility or probability that the subject of the sentence is likely to execute the sentence predicate.
  5. Simple past tense of shall.
  6. Used as a variant of the present subjunctive.
  7. To make a statement of what ought to be true, as opposed to reality.


  1. Something that ought to be the case as opposed to already being the case.

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