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‡Using should in subordinate clauses

Should is often used in that-clauses
after adjectives and nouns expressing
the importance of an action. Adjectives
that can be used like this are:
important, necessary, vital, essential,
eager, anxious, concerned, wish etc.
It is important that she should behave.
It is important that she should learn
the importance of being punctual.
It is essential that she should talk to
the manager.
It is necessary that she should be
It is important that the meeting should
start on time.
I am anxious that nobody should get
Verbs expressing similar meanings can
also be followed by that-clauses with
She insisted that she should be paid at
She suggested that I should consult a
He recommended that we should
increase our productivity.
Should is also used in subordinate
clauses after words expressing
personal judgments and reactions.
It is astonishing that she should
behave so rudely.
I was shocked that she should say that
sort of thing to her mother.
In American English, would is more
common in this case.
It is astonishing that she would behave
so rudely.
Should can also be used in if-clauses,
after in case, so that, in order that and
If you should see Kathy, give her my
He turned the music down so that he
shouldn’t disturb his neighbors.
I have bought a bottle of wine in case
Peter should come.
This use of should, too, is more
common in British English than in
American English.

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