Should for Ideas and Opinions

Learn how to use the modal verb should to express ideas and opinions and to give advice. This free English grammar lesson is for beginner students but also might be a good refresher for intermediate to advanced ESL students.

Please download this lesson to study at home or to use in your English class.

Should English Grammar

Let’s study the modal verb should!


We use ‘should’ to give advice, such as an idea or an opinion.




** Remember: always use the base form of the verb, never add ‘to’, and never conjugate the verb!!!

Correct: The boy should do his homework.

Incorrect: The boy should does his homework.

Correct: You shouldn’t work so hard.

Incorrect: You shouldn’t to work so hard.

Examples using should to give advice and/or opinion:

What should I eat?  You should eat a salad.  You are on a diet.

You shouldn’t smoke so much.  It is very bad for your health.

When you visit Florida you should go to Key West.  It is a lot of fun!

Let’s practice using the modal verb should!

A. Complete the sentences below with should or shouldn’t and a verb from the words listed below.

wear       get        smoke         stop       do

1. You _____________ eating fast food if you want to lose weight.

2. She ______________ a nice dress to the wedding.

3. We _______________  inside, it is prohibited.

4. I _________________ my homework before I watch TV.

5. They ______________ a cat if they are not going to take care of it.

B. Prepare a travel itinerary for a week-long stay in your country. Use both should and shouldn’t to give your opinion and advice. Present to your English class

I hope this free English grammar lesson help you learn how to use should to give advice or opinions. Try using should in the comment section below. If you have any questions or would like to request a free lesson, please let me know! #TurnYourLanguageOn

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