Should (Suggestions) - One Minute Grammar

Shantel / United Statesflaf

What should you do before you travel?

Hi. My name is Shantel, and I'm from California. Let's see. Today's question is what should you do before you travel?

Well, before you travel, there are many things you should do, but first, you should start packing as soon as you can. Make a list of all the necessary items you need to take with you, and once you have made the list, you can begin to pack your bag. I think after you place an item from the list in your bag, you can cross it off and this helps you stay organized. When you have finished packing your bag, you should double check to make sure you have all the important documents such as passport, driver's license, plane ticket, hotel information. Then, you should tell some family or friends that you're taking a trip in case you have some emergency on your trip. When you arrive at your destination, smile and have a great time. 

Giving Suggestions

Notice how speakers can use should, would and some phrases to give advice or suggestions.

Point 1: Use should to offer suggestions.
Should / Shouldn’t

(Q) What should I eat?
(A) You should try the fish.
(N) You shouldn’t eat the salad.

(Q) Should I where this coat?
(A) Yes, you should. It looks good on you.
(N) No, you shouldn’t. It is hot today.

Point 2: Use would in the first persong to offer suggestions.
Would / Wouldn’t

(Q) What would you do?
(A) I would go to the park.
(N) I wouldn’t take the bus.

(Q) Would you wear this?
(A) Yes, I would.
(N) No, I wouldn’t.

Point 3: Use if-clauses to offer suggestions.
If you ---- , -----

If you have time, visit the museum.
If you like fish, try the sushi.
If you can afford it, stay at the Ritz.

Point 4: Use verbs in the imperative form to offer suggestions.

Check out the mall downtown.
Be sure to wear warm clothes.
Don’t talk to strangers.
Don’t pay more than 20 dollars for it.

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