should [modal verb] 1 expresses desirability: You should take it easy. 2 expresses probality: It should be a nice day tomorrow. Note._ should + not = shouldn’t; should + have = should’ve; should + not + have = shouldn’t have Grammar patterns 1. You shouldn’t work so hard. 2. Heavy items should not be placed in the lockers. 3. The bus should’ve been here half an hour ago. 4. I’ve phoned for a taxi; it shouldn’t be long. 5. You should’ve told me that you were ill. 6. They shouldn’t have pulled that building down: it was unique.
should Collocations The following are common combinations of adjectives/adverbs with should: should be: able, possible, grateful, clear, encouraged, considered, avoided, treated. e.g. It should be possible to sustain life in Mars.
should Set phrases I should think/hope so Evan says he’ll tidy up the mess. ~I should hope so. You shouldn’t have! Here’s a going-away present. ~Oh, you shouln’t have! You should have seen.. You should’ve seen the look on Barry’s face when I proposed!