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    #1

    should

    Hi,

    When the main clause is in the past tense, the verb in the subordinating clause also should be in the past tense.

    Is it in use only for reported speech or not?

    Geoffrey: I think you should visit a specialist.
    Geoffrey advised that I should visit a specialist.That's OK.

    But:

    Actually, I knew that I should study hard.

    Is that OK or must we use 'had to' instead of 'should' ?

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    Re: should

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    When the main clause is in the past tense, the verb in the subordinating clause also should be in the past tense.

    Is it in use only for reported speech or not?

    Geoffrey: I think you should visit a specialist.
    Geoffrey advised that I should visit a specialist.That's OK.

    But:

    Actually, I knew that I should study hard.

    Is that OK or must we use 'had to' instead of 'should' ?
    You could use "should have studied".

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    #3

    Re: should

    Actually, I knew that I should study hard.

    Should is correct. In such situations should is immune to the agreement of tenses.

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    #4

    Re: should

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    You could use "should have studied".
    Wouldn't this mean he/she regrets not studying before? I thought "should" is quite correct here.

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    #5

    Re: should

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Wouldn't this mean he/she regrets not studying before? I thought "should" is quite correct here.
    I agree with you. For this reason, I asked if we can use it or not.

    Thanks...

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    #6

    Re: should

    I agree with Bennevis. I knew that I should study hard is fine.

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    #7

    Re: should

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Wouldn't this mean he/she regrets not studying before? I thought "should" is quite correct here.
    Yes, it would, "should" is indeed quite correct.

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    #8

    Re: should

    So many thanks... We can use it for 'ought to' too, is that right?

    I knew that I ought to go into the army.

    Is that also fine, right?

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    #9

    Re: should

    Yes

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