should

should
[forma debole ʃəd] [forma forte ʃʊd]
verbo modale (negat. should not, shouldn't)
1) (ought to)

you should have told me — avresti dovuto dirmelo

why shouldn't I do it? — perché non dovrei farlo?

that should be them arriving now! — dovrebbero essere loro quelli che stanno arrivando!

how should I know? — come faccio a saperlo?

everything is as it should be — tutto va come dovrebbe

flowers! you shouldn't have! — dei fiori! non era il caso!

2) (in conditional sentences)

had he asked me, I should have accepted — se me l'avesse chiesto, avrei accettato

I don't think it will happen, but if it should... — non penso che si arriverà a tanto, ma se dovesse accadere...

if you should change your mind,... — se dovesse cambiare idea,...

should the opportunity arise — se si presentasse l'occasione

3) (expressing purpose)

in order that they should understand — affinché riuscissero a capire

we are anxious that he should succeed — vorremmo tanto che lui ci riuscisse

4) (in polite formulas)

I should like a drink — prenderei volentieri qualcosa da bere

I should like to go there — mi piacerebbe andarci

5) (expressing opinion, surprise)

I should think so, not! — spero proprio di sì, di no!

"how long?" - "an hour, I should think" — "quanto?" - "un'ora, suppongo"

I should think she must be about 40 — secondo me, deve avere sui 40 anni

I should say so! — direi proprio di sì! eccome!

who should walk in but John! — e chi doveva entrare se non John!

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[ʃud]
negative short form - shouldn't; verb
1) (past tense of shall: I thought I should never see you again.) (ausiliare per la formazione del condizionale presente e passato)
2) (used to state that something ought to happen, be done etc: You should hold your knife in your right hand; You shouldn't have said that.) dovere
3) (used to state that something is likely to happen etc: If you leave now, you should arrive there by six o'clock.) (essere probabile)
4) (used after certain expressions of sorrow, surprise etc: I'm surprised you should think that.) (che più congiuntivo)
5) (used after if to state a condition: If anything should happen to me, I want you to remember everything I have told you today.) (dovere)
6) ((with I or we) used to state that a person wishes something was possible: I should love to go to France (if only I had enough money).) (ausiliare per la formazione del condizionale presente e passato)
7) (used to refer to an event etc which is rather surprising: I was just about to get on the bus when who should come along but John, the very person I was going to visit.) dovere
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[forma debole ʃəd] [forma forte ʃʊd]
verbo modale (negat. should not, shouldn't)
1) (ought to)

you should have told me — avresti dovuto dirmelo

why shouldn't I do it? — perché non dovrei farlo?

that should be them arriving now! — dovrebbero essere loro quelli che stanno arrivando!

how should I know? — come faccio a saperlo?

everything is as it should be — tutto va come dovrebbe

flowers! you shouldn't have! — dei fiori! non era il caso!

2) (in conditional sentences)

had he asked me, I should have accepted — se me l'avesse chiesto, avrei accettato

I don't think it will happen, but if it should... — non penso che si arriverà a tanto, ma se dovesse accadere...

if you should change your mind,... — se dovesse cambiare idea,...

should the opportunity arise — se si presentasse l'occasione

3) (expressing purpose)

in order that they should understand — affinché riuscissero a capire

we are anxious that he should succeed — vorremmo tanto che lui ci riuscisse

4) (in polite formulas)

I should like a drink — prenderei volentieri qualcosa da bere

I should like to go there — mi piacerebbe andarci

5) (expressing opinion, surprise)

I should think so, not! — spero proprio di sì, di no!

"how long?" - "an hour, I should think" — "quanto?" - "un'ora, suppongo"

I should think she must be about 40 — secondo me, deve avere sui 40 anni

I should say so! — direi proprio di sì! eccome!

who should walk in but John! — e chi doveva entrare se non John!


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