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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    Default Re: Would\Should

    In modern english, we won't use "shall" and "should"
    to instead of "will" and "would"...but in old style english, especially in British English, I, we, they were followed by should, others were followed by would, this is what I learnt from the Educational TV programme.

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    Default Re: Would\Should

    I think (would) is more formal than should.
    We usually use (should) to obligate a person to do something.
    this my opinion :)


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    Default Re: Would\Should

    I voted for i should be very grateful....

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    Default Re: Would\Should

    I would be very grateful

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    Default Re: Would\Should

    I might have misread the whole thing. I'm definitely aware of the older/formal usage of should.
    But in a current context I might say "I should be grateful for it, but I can't." It refers to something that's supposed to be the case but isn't.
    Or "I would be grateful if ..."; there's a condition to it, but it might happen.

    Not too different I suppose ...

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    Default Re: Would\Should

    I do still use it sometimes in writing.

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    Default Re: Would\Should

    "Should" sounds more formal to me.

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