should

should
shouldUsage note : should, [transcription]{{[S\\@d]}} modal aux (conditional of shall)
1 (ought to) you shouldn't smoke so much tu ne devrais pas fumer autant ; you should have told me before tu aurais dû me le dire avant ; we should try and understand him better nous devrions essayer de mieux le comprendre ; why shouldn't I do it? pourquoi est-ce que je ne le ferais pas? ; I should explain that je devrais peut-être expliquer que ; we should be there by six o'clock nous devrions arriver vers six heures ; dinner should be ready by now le dîner devrait être prêt maintenant ; it shouldn't be difficult to convince them ça ne devrait pas être difficile de les convaincre ; that should be them arriving now! ça doit être eux qui arrivent! ; how should I know? comment veux-tu que je le sache? ; everything is as it should be tout est en ordre ; …which is only as it should be …ce qui est parfaitement normal ; his hearing is not as good as it should be il entend moins bien qu'il (ne) le devrait ; flowers! you shouldn't have! des fleurs! il ne fallait pas! ;
2 (in conditional sentences) had he asked me, I should have accepted s'il me l'avait demandé, j'aurais accepté ; if they didn't invite me, I should be offended s'ils ne m'invitaient pas, je serais très vexé ; had they invited me, I should have gone s'ils m'avaient invité, j'y serais allé ; I don't think it will happen, but if it should… je ne pense pas que cela arrive, mais si toutefois cela arrivait… ; should you be interested, I can give you some more information si cela vous intéresse, je peux vous donner plus de renseignements ; if you should change your mind, don't hesitate to contact me si vous changez d 'avis n'hésitez pas à me contacter ; should anybody phone, tell them I'm out si quelqu'un téléphone, dis que je suis sorti ; should the opportunity arise si l'occasion se présente ;
3 (expressing purpose) she simplified it in order that they should understand elle l'a simplifié pour qu'ils comprennent ; he kept it a secret from them so that they should not be worried il le leur a caché pour qu'ils ne se fassent pas de soucis ; we are anxious that he should succeed nous souhaitons vivement qu'il réussisse ;
4 (in polite formulas) I should like a drink je prendrais volontiers un verre ; I should like to go there j'aimerais bien y aller ;
5 (expressing opinion, surprise) I should think so! je l'espère! ; I should think not! j'espère bien que non! ; ‘how long will it take?’-‘an hour, I should think’ ‘combien de temps est-ce que ça va prendre?’-‘une heure, je suppose’ ; I should think she must be about 40 à mon avis, elle doit avoir 40 ans environ ; ‘I'll pay you for it’-‘I should hope so!’ ‘je vous le rembourserai’-‘je l'espère bien!’ ; I should say so! et comment! ; I shouldn't be surprised if she did that! cela ne m'étonnerait pas qu'elle le fasse! ; I shouldn't worry about it if I were you moi à ta place je ne m'en ferais pas , si j'étais toi je ne m'inquiéterais pas ; I should have thought he'd be glad of a holiday j'aurais pensé qu'il serait content de partir en vacances ; who should walk in but John! devine qui est arrivé-John! ; and then what should happen, but it began to rain! et devine quoi-il s'est mis à pleuvoir!

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