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Unit 34. Should 2.

Unit 34; Part A

galka.jpgYou can use should after a number of verbs, especially:
    demand       insist       propose       recommend        suggest
•    They insisted that we should have dinner with them.
•    I demanded that he should apologise.
•    What do you suggest I should do?
    I insist that something should be done about the problem.

We also say 'It's important / vital / necessary / essential that ... should ...':

•    It's essential that everyone should be here on time.

Unit 34; Part B

galka.jpgYou can also leave out should in all the sentences in Section A:

It's essential that everyone be here on time.   
(= that everyone should be here)
•    I demanded that he apologise
(= that he should apologise)
    What do you suggest I do?
    I insist that something be done about the problem.

This form (be/do/have/apologise etc.) is sometimes called the subjunctive. It is the same as the infinitive (without to).
You can also use normal present and past tenses:
    It's essential that everyone is here on time.
•    I demanded that he apologised.

After suggest, you cannot use to ...
('to do / to buy' etc.). You can say:
•    What do you suggest we should do?
or   What do you suggest we do? (but not What do you suggest us to do?)
•     Jane suggested that I (should) buy a car.
or   Jane suggested that I bought a car. 
(but not Jane suggested me to buy)

You can also use -ing after suggest: What do you suggest doing?
See Unit 53.

Unit 34; Part C

galka.jpgYou can use should after a number of adjectives, especially:
    strange       odd       funny       typical       natural        interesting    surprised      surprising
    It's strange that he should be late. He's usually on time.
    I was surprised that he should say such a thing.

Unit 34; Part D

galka.jpgIf ...should ...
You can say 'If something should happen ...' .
For example:
•     If Tom should phone while I'm out, tell him I'll call him back later.
'If Tom should phone' is similar to 'If Tom phones'. With should, the speaker feels that the possibility is smaller. Another example:
    We have no jobs at present. But if the situation should change, we'll let you know.
You can also begin these sentences with should (Should something happen ...):
    Should Tom phone, tell him I'll call him back later.

Unit 34; Part E

galka.jpgYou can use I should ... /I shouldn't ... to give somebody advice. For example:

'Shall I leave now?'    'No, I should wait a bit longer.'
Here, I should wait = I would wait if I were you, I advise you to wait. Two more examples:
    'I'm going out now. Is it cold?'    'Yes, I should wear a coat.'
    I shouldn't stay up too late. You'll be tired tomorrow.


flag.jpgWrite a sentence (beginning in the way shown) that means the same as the first sentence.
Key.2 I should stay / I stay / I stayed a little longer
3 they should visit / they visit / they visited  the museum after lunch
4 we should pay / we pay / we paid  the rent by Friday
5 I should go / I go / I went away for a few days

1    'I think it would be a good idea to see a specialist,' the doctor said to me.
      The doctor recommended that   I should see a specialist.   
2    'You really must stay a little longer,' she said to me.
      She insisted that I _________________________
3    'Why don't you visit the museum after lunch?' I said to them.
      I suggested that _________________________
4    'You must pay the rent by Friday,' the landlord said to us.
      The landlord demanded that _________________________
5    'Why don't you go away for a few days?' Jack said to me.
      Jack suggested that _________________________
flag.jpgAre these sentences right or wrong?
Key.1 b    OK
   с    OK
   d    wrong
2 a    OK
   b    wrong
   с    OK

1    a    Tom suggested that I should look for another job.
      b    Tom suggested that I look for another job.       
      с    Tom suggested that I looked for another job.       
     d    Tom suggested me to look for another job.       
2    a    Where do you suggest I go for my holiday?       
     b    Where do you suggest me to go for my holiday?         
     с    Where do you suggest I should go for my holiday?
flag.jpgComplete the sentences using should + the following:
Key.2    should say
3    should worry
4    should leave
5    should ask
6    should listen
ask       be       leave       listen       say        worry
1    It's strange that he   should be   late. He's usually on time.
2    It's funny that you ___________ that. I was going to say the same thing.
3    It's only natural that parents ___________ about their children.
4    Isn't it typical of Joe that he ___________ without saying goodbye to anybody?
5    I was surprised that they ___________ me for advice. What advice could I give them?
6    I'm going to give you all some essential information, so it's important that everybody ___________ very carefully.
flag.jpgUse the words in brackets to complete these sentences. Use If ... should ... .
Key.2    If it should rain
3    If there should be
4    If anyone should ask
5    Should there be any problems
6    Should anyone ask (where I'm going)

1    I'm going out now.    If Tom should phone   , tell him I'll call him back this evening. (Tom / phone)
2    I've hung the washing out to dry on the balcony. _________________, can you bring the washing in, please?  (it / rain)
3    I think everything will be OK. _________________ any problems, I'm sure we'll be able to solve them.  (there / be)
4    I don't want anyone to know where I'm going. _________________, just say that you don't know.  (anyone / ask)

Write sentences 3 and 4 again, this time beginning with Should.

5    (3)   Should _________________, I'm sure we'll be able to solve them.
6    (4)   _________________, just say that you don't know.
flag.jpg(Section E) Complete the sentences using I should + the following:
Key.2    I should keep
3    I should phone
4    I should buy
buy       keep       phone      wait
1    'Shall I leave now?'    'No,  I should wait  а bit longer.'
2    'Shall I throw these things away?'   'No, ____________ them. You may need them.'
3    'Shall I go and see Paul?'   'Yes, but ____________ him first.'
4    'Is it worth repairing this TV set?'    'No, ____________ a new one.'

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