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antonio hernandez aguillares
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:05:44 PM

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Hello community, I 'should' like to ask if "should" is still used as request, nevertheless, without connoting an old-fashioned word. Because I found that on Cambridge and Oxford dictionaries show that it's only formal but not old-fashioned; however, my teacher said to me it's old-fashioned and not used anymore. Can anyone help me?

-should modal verb (WOULD)

UK formal
used instead of "would" when the subject is "I" or "we":
I should like a cup of tea before I go to bed.
I shouldn't expect you to pay, of course.- Source:https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/should

​-(British English, formal) used with I and we in polite requests
I should like to call my lawyer.
We should be grateful for your help.- Source:https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/should?q=should
BobShilling
Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 2:07:37 AM
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I still use should, but I am well past my 'best-by' date.
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 10:58:24 AM

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antonio hernandez aguillares wrote:
Hello community, I 'should' like to ask if "should" is still used as request, nevertheless, without connoting an old-fashioned word. Because I found that on Cambridge and Oxford dictionaries show that it's only formal but not old-fashioned; however, my teacher said to me it's old-fashioned and not used anymore. Can anyone help me?

-should modal verb (WOULD)

UK formal
used instead of "would" when the subject is "I" or "we":
I should like a cup of tea before I go to bed.
I shouldn't expect you to pay, of course.- Source:https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/should

​-(British English, formal) used with I and we in polite requests
I should like to call my lawyer.
We should be grateful for your help.- Source:https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/should?q=should

This is something our British friends can answer better, but in AmE, you will almost never hear it said this way.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:38:19 PM

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I would say it’s a use of word that is slightly old fashioned, but not wrong to use it, and in some contexts would be the correct form to use.

If you were being interviewed for a senior position somewhere or for entrance to Oxford, Cambridge or another good university then using should might be better.

Speaking in the pub to you mates would, more commonly used.

BobShilling
Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 1:27:40 PM
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Sarrriesfan wrote:

If you were being interviewed for a senior position somewhere or for entrance to Oxford, Cambridge or another good university then using should might be better.



I very much doubt that these days.
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