Should is a very interesting modal verb because it has a number of different meanings and uses. We use should have followed by the PP verb. That’s the past participle. You can say things like should have done should have tried should have gone and so. For today’s English lesson let’s take a look at three different ways we can use should have plus the PP verb.
Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details:
- I should have studied harder.
- I should have cooked this steak a little longer. It’s too rare.
- I shouldn’t have eaten dessert. My stomach is so uncomfortable.
- He should have arrived by now.
- It seems like my sister’s flight took off on time, so she should have arrived in Paris by now.
- Last night before I left the office I put a birthday present for Jenny on her desk. It’s 10 AM now. She should have found a present by now. I hope she likes it.
- You should have come to class today because you missed a very important lecture.
- You shouldn’t have forgotten your sisters birthday. She’s very upset with you.
- You should have been more careful driving. You wouldn’t have gotten into that accident if you were.
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