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    Question Should not in question form rules

    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here and I am also a first time ESL teacher, although I have not done the TESOL certificate.

    A student asked the technical details regarding how and why 'should not' is used in question form. I explained to her that the modal 'should' is used prior to a person referred to in the question, and the negative portion's placement depends on the question itself. I gave examples, but she still wasn't clear and wants a more specific rule/guideline to follow.

    Any suggestions as to what I can do?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: Should not in question form rules

    Quote Originally Posted by RaspberryRock View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here and I am also a first time ESL teacher, although I have not done the TESOL certificate.

    A student asked the technical details regarding how and why 'should not' is used in question form. I explained to her that the modal 'should' is used prior to a person referred to in the question, and the negative portion's placement depends on the question itself. I gave examples, but she still wasn't clear and wants a more specific rule/guideline to follow.

    Any suggestions as to what I can do?

    Thank you in advance!
    In the majority of cases, the answer is simple. A question is formed with "Shouldn't": "Shouldn't you call him?"; "Shouldn't this show be over by now?"; "Why shouldn't I do what I want?"
    That's the simple specific rule that your student needs about how. "Why" is more difficult to answer second hand.

    - An old-fashioned form is "Should you not call him?; "Should this show not be over by now?"

    - If "should not" is being used in the sense of "if", you use, "Should you not": "Should you not wish to stay for the entertainment, you may leave straight after dinner." (But that's not a question form.)

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    Default Re: Should not in question form rules

    Thanks! I think this well help her understand better, particularly the latter as I already explained the first portion. I appreciate your help!

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