English Grammar


conditional tense

Hello,


"If I were you, I would get a divorce". Is also correct to use " I should get a divorce" because " I should" is the first person in conditional ?


Thank you

6 comments

  • My grammar knowledge is slim to none. Since I hope some grammarian, the kind of a Silky, will come and give a hand. Nevertheless I can't help giving my opinion on your issue.


    First up, I'd never say "If I were you, I 'should' get a divorce." even though the grammatical structure isn't wrong. The reason is probably idiomatic, founded of the way the language is running through ages.
    Just like 'shall' declined in the everyday speech to be restricted to some particular expressions, should - past of shall used as a conditional - has also set back along the years.


    After or before "If I were you", I am used to hearing "I would..."
    I would quicken my pace if I were you.
    If I were you, I would work harder.


    To my mind, even in your tip which is somehow a piece of advice, 'would' should prevail against 'should'. Let's say I think so.
    I would start earlier, if I were in your position.
    If I were as dumb as you seem to be, I would shut up.


    Now what about this one:
    You would work a bit harder if you were lagging behind.
    You should work a bit harder if you were lagging behind.
    If this last sentence is correct - is it? I dunno - hasn't it got a different shade of meaning? Doesn't the modal auxiliary insist on the obligation, commitment or necessity? Just as it was said:
    You ought to work a bit harder if you were lagging behind.


    Looking forward to further explanations.
    Thanks in advance.


    [CW]
  • Please, read, last but one paragraph, ...Just as if it was said: ...
  • Many thanks for your explanations and commentaries. It's like an idiom.


    I'm learning English and I'll ask my teacher. I'll send you her answer.


    Thank you
  • Well ... "should" is'nt use any more in conditional tense. I learnd " should, would, would " at school 45 years ago. But now, " would, would, would " is the usual language. And " should " is used for the conditional of " must" to translate the french verb " je devrais"


    So " I would get a divorce " is " je divorcerais" and " I should get a divorce " is " je devrais divorcer.
  • WELL, THAT'S IS PIECE OF CAKE
  • I`m not sure What is the problem Would and should are correct . ok ??


    It's doesn't matter the situacion

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