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    I should = you should?

    I should watch it, Neil, you’re putting this on record.
    The sentence above comes from COLLINS ENGLISH USAGE, contained in the section of WARNING SOMEONE.

    Then can we say this sentence means 'If I were you, I should watch it, Neil, you’re putting this on record' and also 'You should watch it, Neil, you’re putting this on record'?
    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.


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    #2

    Re: I should = you should?

    Exactly so.


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    Re: I should = you should?

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I should watch it, Neil, you’re putting this on record.
    The sentence above comes from COLLINS ENGLISH USAGE, contained in the section of WARNING SOMEONE.

    Then can we say this sentence means 'If I were you, I should watch it, Neil, you’re putting this on record' and also 'You should watch it, Neil, you’re putting this on record'?
    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    While we of NaE normally don't use 'should', substituting 'would', it is a possibility. But I'll suggest that when it's used, it has a less emphatic sense of advice than does 'would'.

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    It also has quite a formal sound to it, which might also explain why it's less used.

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