Grammar Lesson: Using "should" or "shouldn't"

"Should" or "Shouldn't" - Use

  • We use should and shouldn't to give advice or to talk about what we think is right or wrong.
  • You should means something like I think it is a good idea for you to do it.
  • You shouldn't means something like I think it is a bad idea for you to do it.
  • Should is used to express the opinion of a speaker and often follows I think or I don't think.
For example:
  1. You look tired. I think you should take a few days off.
  2.  Alice works very long hours. She should to talk to her boss.
      A: I have an English test tomorrow.
      B: I shouldn't worry if I were you. You have worked really hard.
      A: I never have enough money.
      B: I don't think you should go out so much.

"Should" or "Shouldn't" - Quick Grammar Note

To give advice to someone you can also say:
  • I should do it if I were you.
  • I shouldn't be so rude, if I were you.
When you regret not doing something in the past, you can say:
  • I shouldn't have spoken to him like that.
  • I should have apologized earlier. 

"Should" or "Shouldn't" - Practice

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