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    #1

    Should or would?

    Hi! I have two questions.

    1) Can you explain to me what the difference is between would and should in this sentence?

    A: I don't want to cook. Would you cook for me?
    B: Why WOULD/SHOULD I cook for you?

    2) When a person asks personB how to word a certain expression, how does the person B usually answer: “You WOULD say...” or “You SHOULD say...”?. Here's an example:

    A: If I say "I'm going to leave in 10 minutes" what would be the question? "How long are you going to leave?"?
    B: you WOULD/SHOULD usually ask something like, "How long are you going to be out?"

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: Should or would?

    When are you going to leave?
    [I'm going to leave] in ten minutes.

    When I say "I would say ...", I mean "If you asked me how I would phrase a certain sentence, this is what I would say ...". If I say "You should say ...", it means "This is the correct way to say ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Should or would?

    In your first two sentences, I find no significant difference in the answer.

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