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The past form of should conveys the notion of a failure or omission. Note that the customary pronunciation of
should have is should’ve or shouda. The negative form is should not have, pronounced in colloquial English as
shouldn’t’ve or shouldn’t’a. USING COULD
Could is used in two ways in English:
1.) Past ability:
—I can speak English now. I couldn’t when I was a child.
2.) Polite questions:
—Could I borrow your car?
—Could you speak slower?
—Could we check out later?
Note that could is the simple past form of the verb can. The negative form of it is couldn’t (could not). EXPRESSING NECESSITY: MUST / HAVE TO / HAVE GOT TO
Must and have to both express necessity:
—You must fill out this form.
—You have to pick up Mr. Roberts.
In some situations, must is more urgent or stronger than have to:
—You must be here for your appointment on time. I have a busy schedule today.
—You have to take another course next year.
The expression have got to is similar in meanin...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2014 for the course ENG 99 taught by Professor Michal during the Winter '13 term at CSU Sacramento.
- Winter '13