View Poll Results: Which is more formal?

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    Would\Should


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    I don't think that in AE we would even use should in that context.

    :(

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    In BE, you see 'shall' replace 'will' and 'should' replace 'would', but it is almost exclusively found in very formal writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    In BE, you see 'shall' replace 'will' and 'should' replace 'would', but it is almost exclusively found in very formal writing.
    hi Tdol teacher:
    so are you saying that both should and would are the same in the context?

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    I think he means that they mean the same thing, but they are used in different contexts.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I think he means that they mean the same thing, but they are used in different contexts.

    :)
    thanks Ronbee. :o :o

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    You're quite welcome.

    :D

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    Ron's right- 'I should like' would usuallly be formal.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Ron's right- 'I should like' would usuallly be formal.
    thanks Tdol too. :o

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