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    #1

    Question «Would ~ Should»

    Hello to everyone! I’m italian, and −at the present time− not very good at english. So, if you don’t mind, you could correct my sentences.

    Here’s my question. What is the difference between «Why would I do that?» and «Why should I do that?»?

    A: Please, don’t betray me!
    B: Why would/should I do that?!

    Is it the same meaning?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Xanthos; 17-Jun-2014 at 16:01.

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    #2

    Re: «Would ~ Should»

    "Would", like "will", connotes desire. "Why would I do that?" asks if there's any reason for me to WANT to betray you.

    "Should", like "shall", connotes obligation. "Why should I do that?" asks if there's anything that COMPELS me to betray you, regardless of whether I want to or not.

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    #3

    Re: «Would ~ Should»

    Clear! Thank you again.

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    Re: «Would ~ Should»

    Remember to capitalise proper nouns: Italian and English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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