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  • Should, shouldn’t

    Exercise 3

    Complete the sentences with should, shouldn’t and a verb in the list.
    ask     call     do     drink     eat     give     lie     speak     take     watch     wear

    EXAMPLE: You shouldn’t lie about what happened. It’s important to tell the truth.

    1 I more vegetables, but I hate them.

    2 You so many questions. You are going to get into trouble.

    3 Parents medicine to their children without going to the doctor first.

    4 I more exercise. I have gained some weight.

    5 What kind of dress I for tonight's ceremony?

    6 You John immediately. He needs to speak to you urgently.

    7 Your children TV all day. Take them to the park sometimes.

    8 It's raining. I think we a taxi.

    9 You some water or you will dehydrate.

    10 Children to strangers.


  • Should, shouldn’t – Form

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    The same form for all persons

    The form of should is the same for all persons:

    • I/you/he/she/it/we/you/they should see a specialist. 

    Should(n’t) + infinitive

    Should is a modal verb, and all modal verbs are followed by an infinitive (without to).

    • You should listen to me. (NOT You should to listen.)

    Should not= shouldn’t

    The negative form of should is should not or shouldn’t.

    • You should not be here./You shouldn’t be here. 


    To make questions, we use should + subject + infinitive. We don’t use the verb do to make questions.

    • Should we call him?


    Should, shouldn’t – Use

    Giving advice

    We use should or shouldn’t to give somebody advice and to say what is or isn’t the right thing to do.

    • You look tired. You should have some rest. 
    • He shouldn’t drive so fast. He’ll have an accident one day. 

    I think you should …

    We often say I think … should  to give somebody advice.

    • I think you should buy a new pair of shoes for the party. 
    • I think we should go home; it’s very late. 

    Note that in a negative sentence, we often say I don’t think … should … (NOT I think … shouldn’t …)

    • I don’t think you should call her now; she’s very upset. (NOT I think you shouldn’t call her)

    We often say Do you think … should … to ask for advice.

    • Do you think I should look for another apartment?

    Ought to, ought not to

    We can also use ought to instead of should, and ought not to instead of shouldn’t.

    • You ought to have some rest.
    • He ought not to drive so fast. 
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