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Definitions of should:

part of speech: verb

Pa. t. of SHALL.

part of speech: past tense

Of shall, which see.

part of speech: past tense

Of the verb shall; used, first, to express simple futurity or determination from the standpoint of past time according to the rule for the use of shall; as, expressing simple futurity, he said he should go; i said he would go; expressing determination. He said he would go; i said he should go; used, second, to express condition, supposition, etc.; as, if it should rain, do not go; used, third, to express obligation; as, you should try to do better.

part of speech: past tense

As an auxiliary, should expresses a conditional present, a contingent future, and obligation or duty.

Usage examples for should:

  • Why should you come here? "Louisiana", Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • " I don't know why he should be," said Monck. "The Lamp in the Desert", Ethel M. Dell
  • How, then, should she know? "The Eustace Diamonds", Anthony Trollope
  • Why, I- I- How should I know? "Oh, Money! Money!", Eleanor Hodgman Porter
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