View Poll Results: Which is more formal?

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  • I should be very grateful if....

    420 32.13%
  • I would be very grateful if....

    800 61.21%
  • No difference

    87 6.66%
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Thread: Would\Should


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    #11

    Wink Re: Would\Should

    Ok, i think that if we are talking about grammar tasks, the answer is Would becuase is more useful use it with the clause "If" for the conditional sentences....be happy... = )


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    #12

    Re: Would\Should

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
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    #13

    Smile Re: Would\Should

    I think:

    Would usually, refers to future tenses.

    Should refers to giving advice or orders.

    In conclusion, would and should are used in diferent context

    Expecting your comments

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    #14

    Re: Would\Should

    'I should like' would usuallly be formal
    I am suprised that should didn't get more hits.


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    #15

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    RonBee is right that 'should' is not used much in NaE for this type of situation.

    But for BrE, I'd say that 'should' is the more polite collocation of the two but that 'would' is also used in this fashion.

    Googled, Uk sites only, we get,

    Results 1 - 10 of about 919 for "I should be very grateful if".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 44,100 for "I would be very grateful if".

    Of course, when we do a Google.com search, 'would' blows the doors off 'should' for frequency of use.

    Results 1 - 10 of about 208,000 English pages for "I would be very grateful if"

    Results 1 - 10 of about 924 English pages for "I should be very grateful if".
    So, my friend

    Would is mostly used in AE and BE???????

    It's what you mean?

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    #16

    Re: Would\Should

    'would' blows the doors off 'should'


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    #17

    Re: Would\Should

    the question is asking which is more formal, not which is more common......i think "should"

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    #18

    Re: Would\Should

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Ron's right- 'I should like' would usuallly be formal.
    if you are talking formal, then 'One should like'..


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    #19

    Re: Would\Should

    Hello

    I think
    'I would be
    is more formal and correct

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    #20

    Re: Would\Should

    In fact, we had better keep on writing after if. In such a condition, it seems short and insufficient to understand for some learners.


    We can use the modal SHOULD to correct the mistakes or misdeeds.


    A: I is a student.
    B: It is a wrong sentence. You should write I am a student.

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