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    should in question (obligation)

    Hello,

    Practical English Usage by Swan, p.516.

    2- obligation

    We often use 'should' to talk about obligation, duty and similar ideas. It is less strong than 'must.'

    - People should drive more carefully.

    In questions, 'should' is used to ask for advice or instructions, like a less definite from of 'shall.'

    - Should I go and see the police, do you think?

    I would like to ask if we cannot use 'should' in questions to refer to obligation. For example:

    - Should people drive more carefully?
    - Should I be at work before 8?

    I am asking this of you because he does not talk about it.

    Thanks!

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    Re: should in question (obligation)

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Ademoglu:

    I am NOT answering your question.

    I just thought that you'd like some information that I found.

    1. This is what one book says (my emphases):

    " 'Should' is usually substituted for 'must' to soften a demand or requirement but as with 'must,' there is no choice involved."

    -- Andrea DeCapua, GRAMMAR FOR TEACHERS (Google "books").

    *****

    2. "How early should I arrive at the test center ...? Arrive ... 20 to 30 minutes before the time designated on your admission ticket."

    -- Jerry Bobrow, LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST (Google "books").
    Last edited by TheParser; 19-Jun-2015 at 16:07.

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    Re: should in question (obligation)

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post

    I would like to ask if we cannot use 'should' in questions to refer to obligation. For example:

    - Should people drive more carefully?
    - Should I be at work before 8?

    I am asking this of you because he does not talk about it.
    Yes, you can.

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