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Use of 'Should Have' in English Grammar


We can use 'should have' to talk about past events
that did not happen.

She should have sent everybody a reminder by
email.
We should have remembered that our guests don't
eat eggs.

We can also use 'should have' to speculate about
events that may or may not have happened.

Harry should have arrived at his office by now. Let's
give him a call.
They should have all read that first email by this
week. It's time to send the second one.

We can use ' should not have' to speculate negatively
about what may or may not have happened.

Peter shouldn't have left work yet. I'll contact him in
his office.
They shouldn't have boarded their plane yet. We can
probably still catch them.

We can also use 'should not have' to regret past actions.

I shouldn't have shouted at you. I apologize.
They shouldn't have treated him so badly. He was the
most talented and creative person in their team.


 


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