Should

We use should to ask for and give advice:
  • What should I buy Caron for her birthday?
  • Should I phone him or just send him an e-mail?
  • You should visit the museum if you have time.
  • You shouldn't wear jeans. They usually dress very smartly there.
We can make the advice less direct by using:
  • I think you should apologise to him.
  • I don't think you should accept the job.

Should + Verb means that Verb-ing is a good thing to do: something that is right or desirable (but is probably not doneat the moment).
  • I should phone my parents every week. (but I don't)
  • The government should change the law. (but they haven't done it yet)
  • I think teachers should get a pay rise. (but they haven't got one yet)
Shouldn't + Verb means that something isn't right.
  • I shouldn't shout at the kids. (but I do)
  • You shouldn't speak Spanish in class. (but you do)
  • My boss shouldn't expect us to finish late so often. (but he does)

To express past time, use should + perfect. Again it implies that the event did not happen.

should + have + past participle
  • You should have visited the museum when you were there. (but you didn't)
  • I should have phoned my parents last week. (but I didn't)
  • My boss shouldn't have expected us to finish so late last night. (but he did)


Complete the following sentences with a suitable form of should:
  1. My boss is really annoyed with me. I ...
  2. The government ...
  3. I ... but I forgot to.
  4. I ... but I can't help it.
  5. A. ...? B. No, I don't think it's worth visiting.
  6. If you go to London, you ...
  7. We ... We didn't expect such lovely weather at this time of year.
  8. English is so difficult. I ...
  9. I never wear these jeans. I ...
  10. A. When ...? B. May is a good month.

Comments

Susana said…
Hi Graham!
Today is the day...

1.- I should have phoned to tell him (that) I'd be late!!
2.- The Governments Official should decrease your wages
3.- I should have reminded your birthday
4.- I shouldn't be so grumpy!!
5.- Do you think I should visit it?
6.- You should visit any market street
7.- We should have brought summer clothes
8.- I should study more
9.- I should wear it more oftnes, the jeans are very confortable
10.- When should we go to the Caribean

Regards
Graham said…
Hi Susana!

Everything is OK apart from:

2. I'm not sure what you mean. People who work in government should have their wages cut.

3. I SHOULD HAVE REMEMBERED your birthday.

6. ... you should visit ONE OF THE STREET MARKETS.("any" is fine, but means that it doesn't matter which one)

8. I should wear THEM more often. JEANS are very COMFORTABLE.
Montse said…
Hi, Graham.

1. My boss is really annoyed with me. I should apologise to him.
2. The government should invest more in education
3. I should have gone to the appointment but I forgot to.
4. I shouldn’t shout him but I can't help it.
5. A. Should I visit the church? B. No, I don't think it's worth visiting.
6. If you go to London, you should visit the British Museum
7. We should enjoy it. We didn't expect such lovely weather at this time of year.
8. English is so difficult. I should study much more.
9. I never wear these jeans. I should try to do it.
10. A. When should I to go to Barcelona? B. May is a good month.
Graham said…
Montse:

Just a couple of things.

4. I shouldn’t SHOUT AT him but I can't help it.

7. We should HAVE TAKEN OUR SUMMER CLOTHES. We didn't expect such lovely weather at this time of year.
Anonymous said…
Hi, Graham, I send you this exercise about the use the Should. José Luis

Complete the following sentences with a suitable form of should:
1. My boss is really annoyed with me. I SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO HIM
2. The government SHOULD HAVE ADVISED OF THE ARRIVE OF THE CICLON
3. I SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT THE REPORT but I forgot to.
4. I SHOULDN’T SMOKE but I can't help it.
5. A SHOULD I VISIT THE WAX MUSEUM OF MADRID.? B. No, I don't think it's worth visiting.
6. If you go to London, you SHOULD VISIT THE BRITISH MUSEUM
7. We SHOULD BE HAPPY. We didn't expect such lovely weather at this time of year.
8. English is so difficult. I SHOULD HAVE A GOOD TEACHER IF I REALLY WANT TO IMPROVE IN MY LEARNING
9. I never wear these jeans. I SHOULD GIVE THEM AWAY
10. A. When SHOULD I VISIT THE SOUTH OF SPAIN? B. May is a good month.
Graham said…
Hi JL,

You should be proud of yourself and the progress you are making.


Hi Graham,
I am sending you this exercise about the use of should. José Luis

Complete the following sentences with a suitable form of should:

2. The government SHOULD HAVE WARNED US ABOUT THE ARRIVAL OF THE CYCLONE.

5. A SHOULD I VISIT THE WAX MUSEUM OF MADRID.? B. No, I don't think it's worth visiting.

A few years ago we were about to enter the wax museum, but the examples in the entrance were so bad that we didn't think it was worth it.

8. English is so difficult. I SHOULD HAVE A GOOD TEACHER IF I REALLY WANT TO IMPROVE / MAKE PROGRESS.

All the others are fine.
Anonymous said…
Hi, Graham, I finally have seen the corrections. Thanks, JL
Graham said…
You are most welcome JL.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham! This is Inés

1.My boss is really annoyed with me. I should have worked harder last week.
2.The government shouldn't lower the salaries.
3.I should have visited my cousins but I forgot to.
4.I shouldn't get angry with my parents so often but I can't help it.
5.A. Should I visit that museum? B. No, I don't think it's worth visiting.
6.If you go to London, you should visit the Big Ben.
7.We should buy T-shirts and shorts. We didn't expect such lovely weather at this time of year.
8.English is so difficult. I should study much more.
9.I never wear these jeans. I should give them to my sister.
10.A. When should we go to Sevilla? B. May is a good month.
Graham said…
Hi Ínes,

It's Graham. :-)

You have no problem with should it seems.

2.The government shouldn't lower/cut salaries.

6.If you go to London, you should visit Big Ben.


Just be careful when using aricles, or not. You can find posts with links to practice them a bit more.