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    #1

    it should be better..

    Hello everybody,

    I need help with the interpretation of the following sentence :

    "It should be better for you if you finished part of your work in these few days so you're not rushing in the days before the holidays"

    Can the above sentence be interpreted in one or all of the following manners:

    Chances are that it would be better for you
    To the best of my knowledge (same continuation)
    It is my conviction ...
    There is a strong probability ...
    I strongly believe..
    My experience tells me ..


    or "should" can be replaced with "would" without any change in the meaning in the sentence ?


    I'd also like to know if the meaning is changed if I put it in the following manner, and which of the three highlighted option would be the most natural option :

    It is better for you if you finish/ that you finish / to finish part of your work these days,so you're not rushing in the days before the holidays.


    Thank you for your help

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    #2

    Re: it should be better..

    Here's what I think:
    (I am not a teacher)

    It is better for you to finish part of your work now, so you're not rushing just before the holidays.

    It is better that you finish part of your work now, so you're not rushing just before the holidays.

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    #3

    Re: it should be better..

    Hello susiedq,

    Thank you for your answer. Would you briefly comment if ther options which I gave,grammatically correct and acceptable in some context ?

    Best regards


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    Re: it should be better..

    The traditional rule is that 'should' is used with first person pronouns ( I and we), as in : "I said I should be late", and "would" is used with second and third persons ( you, he, she, it, they), as in : "You didn't say you would be late." In practice, however, 'would' is normally used instead of 'should' in reported speech and conditional clauses: : "I said I would be late";: "If we had known, we would have invited her."
    In spoken and informal contexts, the issue rarely arises, since the distinction is obscured by the use of the contracted forms I'd, we'd,

    Your sentence uses the third person 'it', and 'would' is the appropriate choice.
    "It would be better for you if you finished part of your work in the next few days so you're not rushing just before the holidays"
    Note this sentence:
    "If you don't walk on it, your sprained ankle should be better in a few days."

    With the use of 'should', your sentence leaves the reader puzzled as to 'what will be better?' Inverting part of the sentence:
    "If you finished part of your work, it should be better." ????
    Last edited by David L.; 07-Dec-2008 at 10:04.

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    Re: it should be better..

    Thank you David,

    I understand that the sentence you gave :

    Note this sentence:
    "If you don't walk on it, your sprained ankle should be better in a few days."
    you used as a correct example on the usage of "should" in this kind of situation, right? It sounds correct to me anyway and it's baffling for me.
    I think I'll need to read much more carefully about similar examples if I want to get the meaning right

    Would you please comment if the introductory phrases I gave could fit with "it would be better" naturally in some contexts :

    Chances are that it would be better for you
    To the best of my knowledge (same continuation)
    It is my conviction ...
    There is a strong probability ...
    I strongly believe..
    My experience tells me ..


    Thank you for your help
    Last edited by velimir; 07-Dec-2008 at 12:10.

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    #6

    Re: it should be better..

    Chances are that it would be better for you
    To the best of my knowledge (same continuation)
    It is my conviction ...
    There is a strong probability ...
    I strongly believe..
    My experience tells me ..

    Yes, these would all work with '...that it would be better for you.' exept N 2 where you should drop 'that'.

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    Re: it should be better..

    Thank you for your help Bhaisahab, I really need it on this topic.

    Best regards


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    #8

    Re: it should be better..

    "It would be better for you if" is giving advice. The person giving advice and saying 'it would better' is quite confident that their advice is correct (compared to "I think it might be better for you if..."

    Each of your introductory statements modifies this assertion, from 'chances are' (more likely to help you than not help you) to 'it is my conviction' (and you can't be more confident about your assertion than that!)

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    #9

    Re: it should be better..

    Hello David,

    Thank your for your explanation.
    I'm not sure if I understood well again I'm sorry.After reading your post I understand that my introductory phrases are superflous or even inappropriate with "it would be better" and that this kind of phrases would better fit "it might be better" than "would be better" phrase ?

    Thank you again for your help


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    #10

    Re: it should be better..

    Good thinking!

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