should

should
should MODAL VERB (3rd sing. should) 1) used to indicate obligation, duty, or correctness. 2) used to indicate what is probable. 3) formal expressing the conditional mood. 4) used in a clause with ‘that’ after a main clause describing feelings. 5) used in a clause with ‘that’ expressing purpose. 6) (in the first person) expressing a polite request or acceptance. 7) (in the first person) expressing a conjecture or hope.
USAGE Strictly speaking should is used with I and we, as in I should be grateful if you would let me know , while would is used with you, he, she, it, and they, as in you didn't say you would be late ; in practice would is normally used instead of should in reported speech and conditional clauses, such as I said I would be late . In speech the distinction tends to be obscured, through the use of the contracted forms I'd, we'd, etc.
ORIGIN past of SHALL(Cf. ↑shall).

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