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    would and should

    Dear teachers,
    Please read the following multiple choice sentence:
    ______ enter university one day, I would work very hard.
    a. would b. should

    'b' is certainly correct. This is subjunctive mood. I could also write it this way: If I should enter......

    According my grammar book would and could can also be used this way.
    That means 'a' is also correct. I think the reason that would can't be used here is that there is another would in the subjective clause. Am I right?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang

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    Re: would and should

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    Please read the following multiple choice sentence:
    ______ enter university one day, I would work very hard.
    a. would b. should

    'b' is certainly correct. This is subjunctive mood. I could also write it this way: If I should enter......

    According my grammar book would and could can also be used this way.
    That means 'a' is also correct. I think the reason that would can't be used here is that there is another would in the subjective clause. Am I right?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    It must be "Should I enter the university one day...." It doesn't work as "Should enter...." Even with I, "would" and "could" wouldn't work. :wink:

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    Re: would and should

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    :)
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Jiang

    Please read the following multiple choice sentence:
    ______ enter university one day, I would work very hard.
    a. would b. should

    'b' is certainly correct. This is subjunctive mood. I could also write it this way: If I should enter......

    According my grammar book would and could can also be used this way.
    That means 'a' is also correct. I think the reason that would can't be used here is that there is another would in the subjective clause. Am I right?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    It must be "Should I enter the university one day...." It doesn't work as "Should enter...." Even with I, "would" and "could" wouldn't work. :wink:

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    Re: would and should

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    :)
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Jiang

    Please read the following multiple choice sentence:
    ______ enter university one day, I would work very hard.
    a. would b. should

    'b' is certainly correct. This is subjunctive mood. I could also write it this way: If I should enter......

    According my grammar book would and could can also be used this way.
    That means 'a' is also correct. I think the reason that would can't be used here is that there is another would in the subjective clause. Am I right?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    It must be "Should I enter the university one day...." It doesn't work as "Should enter...." Even with I, "would" and "could" wouldn't work. :wink:
    You're welcome. :wink:

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    Re: would and should

    Here's another example of "should".

    Should anyone call (= if anyone calls), please tell them Iím busy.

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    Re: would and should

    Should anyone call (me), please tell them I’m busy.

    should + subject + verb + (object)

    Should enter university one day, I would work very hard.

    should + verb + object: where's the subject of the clause?

    compare:
    Should I enter university one day, I would work very hard.

    should + subject + verb + object
    Last edited by David L.; 09-May-2009 at 09:23.

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    Re: would and should

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Should anyone call (me), please tell them Iím busy.

    should + subject + verb + (object)

    Should enter university one day, I would work very hard.

    should + verb + object: where's the subject of the sentence?

    compare:
    Should I enter university one day, I would work very hard.

    should + subject + verb + object
    As MikeNewYork said, Should enter university one day, I would work very hard isn't okay, is it?

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    Re: would and should

    isn't okay, is it?
    No, it isn't.
    I was pointing out that in your sentence, "Should anyone call,...", the clause correctly had a subject, 'anyone', and the subject of the clause was what was missing in, "Should enter university, I..." That was what MikeNewYork was referring to: a subject of the clause.

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