• 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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