Usage of ‘Should’ in Various Contexts
In English, the word ‘should’ is often used to convey advice or recommendations. It can be used after certain verbs like insist, suggest, propose, and demand.
- She insisted that her best friend should say “sorry.” (She strongly recommended that her friend apologize.)
- The executive recommended that the workers should work mostly 8 hours. (The executive suggested that employees work a maximum of 8 hours.)
Additionally, ‘should’ can be strengthened when used with expressions like important, essential, significant, vital, considerable, and distinguished.
- It is essential that nobody is late. (No one should be late.)
- It’s considerable that the competition should present the best. (It’s significant that the competition showcase the best.)
‘Should’ is not used with to:
- Incorrect: “My relatives suggested that we should us t o buy a new house.”
- Correct: “My relatives suggested that we should buy a new house.”
- The doctor recommended that he should sleep enough.
- I insisted that they should stay more.
- Kohn suggested that I should study more.
- Where do you suggest I should go for carting?
Feel free to use should to convey advice, suggestions, or recommendations in various contexts.