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    Use of ''should'' to express wishes

    Hi everybody,

    it's that time of the year and I have to come up with some xmas/NY wishes for some business partners. I am not native Eng. so I would like to check one this with you guys. I cannot get this structure with ''should'' out of my head; please correct me, if it's totally wrong. For example: ''Should all your wishes come true''. Ok it's a cliche, but is the use of ''should'' even possible to express wishes (like in the given example)? If yes; would you say it's obsolete? Would you recommend to form a sentence like this or not?

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: Use of ''should'' to express wishes

    Quote Originally Posted by petrici View Post
    Hi everybody.

    It's that time of the year and I have to come up with some Xmas/NY wishes for some business partners. I am not a native English speaker so I would like to check one this with you guys. I cannot get this structure with ''should'' out of my head. Please correct me (no comma here) if it's totally wrong. For example, ''Should all your wishes come true''. Ok OK, it's a cliche, but is the use of ''should'' even possible to express wishes (like in the given example)? If yes, would you say it's obsolete? Would you recommend to forming a sentence like this or not?

    Thank you very much!
    Welcome to the forum.

    I would not recommend it. Use "I hope all your wishes come true". You can use your construction in phrases like "Should all your wishes come true, you would be a very lucky person!" In that case "should" is similar to "if".

    Note my amendments above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Use of ''should'' to express wishes

    Reading Lord of the Rings, I noticed a construction similar to that: "Would that...." meaning, I wish that....

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    Re: Use of ''should'' to express wishes

    May all your wishes come true is OK.

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    Re: Use of ''should'' to express wishes

    I can think of saying, " I should like to ..do such and such." Now it has an idea of wishing for something to happen. But I think that would be regarded as quaint, ie: strangely old-fashioned. We would usually say, "I would like.."
    But as ems says, it's not what you want on your Christmas cards.

    I like Konungursvia's comment about Tolkein; the Lord of the Rings. "Would that.. " I think it is really old-fashioned, but not obsolete. Tolkein deliberately created worlds with ancient styles of speech. Doesn't it come up in Shakespeare too?

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    Re: Use of ''should'' to express wishes

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Reading Lord of the Rings, I noticed a construction similar to that: "Would that...." meaning, I wish that....
    I use that construction quite frequently.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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