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should is pronounced in one syllable

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

“… and i'm like that should do me yeah it's …”

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.

should frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word should occurs in english on average 1112.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics should can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that should can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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