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  1. enydia's Avatar

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    should or if?

    Hi, teachers.

    The following words are on a contact page of a web site. Does the use of 'should' grammatical? Should it be 'if'?

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    Re: should or if?

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***
    As far as I know, for such kind of usages, they mean the same but should is formal than if.

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    Re: should or if?

    should denotes lower probability.

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    Re: should or if?

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    should denotes lower probability.
    Not necessarily, it could be polite British understatement.

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    Re: should or if?

    Thank you, teachers.

    Is this expression old-fashioned?

    Where can I find some further explanation?


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    Re: should or if?

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Thank you, teachers.

    Is this expression old-fashioned?

    Where can I find some further explanation?

    It's quite formal, you could say it was old-fashioned, but it is still in use.

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    Re: should or if?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's quite formal, you could say it was old-fashioned, but it is still in use.
    Thank you, Bhaisahab.

    Can it be used in all the if-clause?

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    Re: should or if?

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Thank you, Bhaisahab.

    Can it be used in all the if-clause?
    Yes, I think so. I can't remember there being a specific rule about it.

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