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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    should/must/ought to

    Hello.

    Can somebody help me with this sentece:

    The destruction and violence that runs through The Great Gatsby foreshadows the end of the age itself which should eventually burn itself out and be replaced by The Great Depression of the 1930s.

    Honestly, I don't know wheter "should" is correct. A friend of mine insists that I've to write "must" instead of "should". But I cannot explain to him why I don't want to write "must".

    What do you think? What would you use?

    Thanks in advance.

    Boris.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: should/must/ought to

    I'd use "would" or "was to".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: should/must/ought to

    Oh, I completely forgot about "be to". Thanks.

    I'm just wonder: Does "should" sound strange or unnatural there?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: should/must/ought to

    Yes, it does.

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