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    #1

    would/should confusion

    I found these sentences as examples on a site promoting English lessons but i'm not sure they are correct.
    Somehow they look wrong:


    If I had time, I should buy a ticket for this film.
    I should have read this book if I had got it a week ago.
    If I had found that book anywhere!

    Maybe these are examples of typical British English usage of "should"?

    I should like to meet that man.
    This sounds like BE to me, with the same basic meaning as "I would like to meet that man."
    Am I right?
    Peter
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    #2

    Re: would/should confusion

    It's probably used still in parts of Britain. Here in Aus, we no longer use "should" that way. It's always "would".

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    #3

    Re: would/should confusion

    It's fine in BrE but it's rather old-fashioned. The last person I heard using it was my grandfather, who was born in 1921.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: would/should confusion

    Maybe they copied it from an early 1900s' English textbook?

    At least I know now that I wasn't that wrong.

    Thank you all!
    Peter
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    #5

    Re: would/should confusion

    What has 'If I had found that book anywhere!' got to do with the thread?

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    Re: would/should confusion

    I thought (and still do) that there was something wrong with it.
    Or something is missing in the sentence?

    Maybe it's correct, but I would like to have this confirmed by someone here.
    Peter
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    #7

    Re: would/should confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterValk View Post
    I thought (and still do) that there was something wrong with it.
    Or something is missing in the sentence?

    Maybe it's correct, but I would like to have this confirmed by someone here.
    There is something wrong with it. But I think Rover's point was that it doesn't seem to be an example of the should/would problem that you're posting about.
    "If I had found that book anywhere!" is not a sentence. It's the first clause of an "if ... then" construction. As an exclamation, it's not natural English. You can say, "If only I had found that book somewhere!"

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    #8

    Re: would/should confusion

    "Should I have found that book anywhere, I would have read it by now" could work in order to use "should". Again, it's an old-fashioned construction.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: would/should confusion

    That is exactly what I was thinking!
    There was something missing, a part or a clause.
    I just couldn't put my finger on it.
    Thanks for your assistance!
    Peter
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