Usage of shall and should

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"I thought I should tell you the results."

 

I think that according to tense agreement, shall became should there and I was wondering, then, if shall has the meaning of what is the right or sensible thing to do or duty? Then can I also say, "You shall brush your teeth before going to bed." for the same meaning as "You should brush your teeth before going to bed." Or only should is used for the meaning of what is the right or sensible thing to do and tense agreement in sentences like the example, but shall does not have the meaning of duty? Thank you so much as always and have a good day.

edited Feb 09 '13 at 13:27 Hans Contributor

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In my opinion the best way how to get to know usage of "shall and should" is to explore the examples of it. GL <a href="http://www.talkenglish.com/grammar/auxiliary-verbs-will-would-shall-should.aspx" rel="nofollow">http://www.talkenglish.com/grammar/auxiliary-verbs-will-would-shall-should.aspx</a>

link comment answered Aug 17 at 01:55 Petrtr New member
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According to British English, 'Should' can only be used with the second and third person pronouns like he, she, you, it etc. and 'Shall' can be used with the first person pronoun that's I or we.

link comment answered Sep 21 at 11:05 Rahul New member

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