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    #1

    should and could

    In the following sentences, what do ' should' and' could' mean?



    I think smokers should be pushed out of every respectable places on this planet. ( expecation ?)

    starting now, smoking in a park could draw a $50 fine. ( possibility?)

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    Re: should and could

    Quote Originally Posted by bosun View Post
    In the following sentences, what do ' should' and' could' mean?

    I think smokers should be pushed out of every respectable places on this planet. ( expectation ?)

    s Starting now, smoking in a park could draw lead to/result in a $50 fine. ( possibility?)
    In your sentences:

    Should - you expect this to happen, in the sense that you think it right, proper, necessary for this to happen.

    Could - Possibility. Some law which provides for the possibility of the fine has presumably been passed.

    Your first sentence, while grammatically correct, is not something most native speakers would say. We'd say something like:

    I think that smokers should be banned/barred from all public (?) places, in every country in the world.

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    Re: should and could

    I think the first is more of a wish based on this being right than a true expectation.

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