Correct spelling, explanation: the word should comes from Old English scholde. The first thing to notice is ch – back then it was read more like h, which is why the spelling has adapted in this way. O became ou when the whole vowel system was changed to unify the English spelling in the 15th century. And while the l in should is silent, it can’t be omitted.
Definition of should:
1. used to indicate necessity or obligation to do something; ought
I should walk the dog, he probably really needs to go now.
2. used to indicate a probability
I should be able to finish this task by tomorrow but I’ll let you know if it’s for sure.
Idioms with should:
could have, should have, would have – used to express the meaningless of speculating about the past
– I should have gone to uni, I would be so happy now, for sure…
– Yeah, sure, could have, should have, would have. If you want it so much, you can still go to uni now.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: technically, the pronunciation of
shoud could work, but should is the correct spelling. The word has evolved from the Old English scholde, and changed quite a bit in order to adjust the spelling to the pronunciation, but the structure of the word is still recognizable. If you ever struggle with the spelling of should, and you wonder whether to include the l or not, think of a word belonging to the same family: shall, and it should help you out!
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