I should / I shouldn't


(Updated on 08/09/2016)



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Giving advice



Explanations :

  • Everyday Grammar: You Had Better Learn Modals! - Text + Audio
    "Everyday Grammar takes on the challenge of three modal verbs.
    When English speakers give advice, they can choose between should, ought to, and had better.
    Learn the difference between these words and how to use them to give good advice."




Examples :



Cards :




  • Everyday Grammar: The 'Should' vs. 'Shall' Debate - Text + Audio - 17 December 2015
    "The major global climate agreement reached in Paris last week almost did not happen because of one small word change.
    The final version of the agreement contained the word 'shall' instead of 'should.'
    We 'should' take a closer look at these two words here in Everyday Grammar!"



INTERACTIVE exercises :

  • Give advice - PowerPoint Presentation
    Theme : FOOD
    + should + shouldn't + too + too much + too many
    Prévu pour une classe de 5ème.
    Sent by Miriam Mascaras (Ac. Martinique)


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Lesson plans :

  • Mr. Baseball: Modals for Regrets - a lesson plan
    "One of my Methodology students showed me this segment to express regrets. I loved it. I adapted what she had in mind and came up with  this fun activity."




  • A Walk to Remember: Past Modals for Regrets - Should (Not) Have ... - a lesson plan
    "This is a teens classic. In a survey I conducted with my advanced level teenagers, this movie was their favorite one, according to the majority of students in my class. So I decided to see it and I agree with them. It is a very good film, indeed. This scene is perfect to talk about regrets, using past modals."



Games to print :


Stories :

  • Lazy Jack (
    Le texte permet de réviser les métiers et d'utiliser : "You should have..."


Songs :


  • Lady Antebellum - All We'd Ever Need (
    "I should’ve been chasing you
    I should’ve been trying to prove
    That you were all that mattered to me
    I should’ve said all the things that I kept inside of me
    And maybe I could’ve made you believe
    That what we had was all we’d ever need"

    + the VIDEO (YouTube)


  • United Breaks Guitars by Dave Carroll
    - the LYRICS :
    "You broke it, you should fix it.
    You’re liable, just admit it.
    I should have flown with someone else
    Or gone by car,
    Cuz United Breaks Guitars."

    + the VIDEO with lyrics (YouTube)

  • Chasing Pavements sung by Adele
    "Should I give up
    or should I just keep chasing pavements...
    or would it be a waste
    even if I knew my place should I leave it there."

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)


  • Because Of You by Kelly Clarkson :
    "You should have known better than to lean on me..."
  • Lonely Day by System of a Down :
    "Such a lonely day
    Should be banned
    It s a day that I can't stand...
    Such a lonely day
    Shouldn't exist"

Cartoons :