A statement of what should be the case as opposed to what is the case.
Be obliged to; have an obligation to; ought to;
Will likely (become or do something);
You should be warm enough with that coat.
A variant of would.
Origin: sceolde, preterite form of sculan.
used as an auxiliary verb, to express a conditional or contingent act or state, or as a supposition of an actual fact; also, to express moral obligation (see Shall); e. g.: they should have come last week; if I should go; I should think you could go
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
shood, pa.t. of shall. [A.S. sceolde, pa.t. of sceal; cf. Shall.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'should' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #88
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'should' in Written Corpus Frequency: #128
Rank popularity for the word 'should' in Verbs Frequency: #20
The numerical value of should in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of should in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Whoever becomes the next president should continue the peace process, there should also be a leader who will solve the people's daily ... problems, who should work for the rule of law in the country. The president should be the one who people can trust.
My best military advice as we go forward is that as we introduce the forces that we've trained and equipped, then we should provide them support, we should not only look to provide them fires (air strikes), we should provide them logistics, we should provide them intel (intelligence) support.
While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at.
The chances are that South Korea will control it, but should we be taking this risk? No. Should we have made a MERS vaccine? Yes. Could anyone have afforded it? Yes, the government of Saudi Arabia. So should something be done? Yes, someone should go and develop a MERS vaccine sooner rather than later.
I believe everyody in the world should have guns. Citizens should have bazookas and rocket launchers too. I believe that all citizens should have their weapons of choice. However, I also believe that only I should have the ammunition. Because frankly, I wouldn't trust the rest of the goobers with anything more dangerous than string.
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