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Parents should spend as much time with their children as possible.
It's an amazing book – you should read it.
You shouldn't drive so fast.
What should I do? Should I look for another job?
What should be taught in our schools?
There should be a law against spreading false rumours.
They should be ashamed of themselves.
There should be a knife in the drawer.
There'll be lots of games, so it should be fun.
Sheila's a brilliant student – she should get a first class degree.
They should have got home by now.
That was disappointing – we should have won that game easily.
It's hardly surprising that people should be suspicious of politicians' promises.
How sad that she should have no one to comfort her.
Claudia was shocked that anyone should believe such a scandalous story.
It's odd you should mention Ben – I was just thinking about him.
I should go mad if I had to spend any longer in this place.
If there was a problem, I should know exactly what to do.
'Will you come to London?' 'I should love to, but I can't leave Emily here on her own.'
If we had stayed any longer, we should have missed our train.
I should think that most of the people around here vote Tory.
I should imagine that his parents are really upset.
'Will Janet's boyfriend be at the wedding?' 'Oh, I should think so.'
'Ken would never break his promise.' 'I should hope not.'
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a part of an atom that moves around the nucleus (=centre) and has a negative electrical charge
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