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Thread: Shall vs should

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    Shall vs should

    One of the usages of shall is that it is used in the sense of do you want me/us to do something as in this sentence:

    Shall I close the door?

    Now, my grammar book says that should is used as the past form of the shall in sentences meaning do you want me/us to do something and it softens the idea as in this sentence:

    Should I close the door?

    Now, I would like to assure that is this sentence should I close the door? in the past tense the same as simple past or it just softens the idea?

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    Re: Shall vs should

    Present — 'It's cold in here. Should/Shall I close the door?'

    Past — 'The cat just ran out. Should I have closed the door?'


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