Should - Assumptions
A: Excuse me. Where is the restroom?
B: It is down the hall. Just turn right and you should see it.
B: It should be open, but if it is locked just tell me.
A: Great thanks!
A: When is the last shuttle bus?
B: Actually, it should be here right about now.
A: Really, I don’t see it.
B: It should arrive any minute.
A: OK, thanks. Will it be full?
B: It shouldn’t be crowded this time of day.
A: Can you recommend a hotel?
B: Sure, I would stay at the Regent.
A: Do I need to make a reservation?
B: You shouldn’t need to. It is not peak season.
A: Can I pay by debit card?
B: Yeah, it shouldn’t be a problem.
A: My head is killing me!
B: Lay down. That should help.
A: I can’t. I have to work.
B: Take some aspirin then.
A: Will it help?
B: Yeah, you should feel better after a few minutes.
Should - Assumptions - Grammar Notes
- The bus usually arrives at this time.
- The bus should be here any minute.
- This medicine helps relieve pain.
- This medicine should help you.
- The weather is usually nice this time of year.
- The weather should be nice tomorrow.
- It is does not cost much money.
- It shouldn’t cost much money.
- It does not take a long time to do.
- It shouldn’t take long to do.
- The shop is supposed to be open.
- The shop shouldn’t be closed.
- You think a chair is misplaced.
- Shouldn't the chair be over here?
- You think the bus should be here.
- Shouldn't it be here by now?
- You thought the shop would be open.
- Shouldn’t the shop be open?
- Shouldn't the bus be here by now?
- Yes, it should.
- No, it is always late. (no + reason)
- Shouldn't you be in bed?
- Yes, I should, but I can't sleep.
- No, I need to be awake. (no + reason)