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    Question should in conditional sentence

    Is it possible to use "should" in the main clause of conditional sentences type 1?

    If she likes doing this, I should do this, too.

    Thany you for your help.

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    Re: should in conditional sentence

    Yes, it is, but this is done in BE and avoided in AE. We always use "would" whereas on the BBC, you'd normally hear "should." Think of Churchill, when he answered a much despised lady who had tried to insult him: "Sir, if you were my husband, I should flavour your tea with poison."

    "Madam, if you were my wife, I should drink it."

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    Re: should in conditional sentence

    But, then again, there's:


    • If she X-es, then I should X too.

    Ex: If she stands, then I should stand too.

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    Re: should in conditional sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    But, then again, there's:

    • If she X-es, then I should X too.

    Ex: If she stands, then I should stand too.
    Good suggestion, Soup, but in those cases, the standard North American meaning of should still stands, rather than meaning "would" in any sort of conditional sense. I think those sentences mean "If she runs for president, I guess I ought to as well, I suppose I have a moral obligation do the same... because the "if-clause" is not written in the past imperfect.

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    Re: should in conditional sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Good suggestion, Soup, but in those cases, the standard North American meaning of should still stands, rather than meaning "would" in any sort of conditional sense. I think those sentences mean "If she runs for president, I guess I ought to as well, I suppose I have a moral obligation do the same... because the "if-clause" is not written in the past imperfect.
    Right you are. I missed this, "conditional sentences of type 1".

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