"Should I come up?"

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"Should I come up?"

Unread post by johnconstantine » Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:55 pm

I heard in the conversation which somebody was knocking the door and saying " It's me. Should I come up?"
I'm confused with the usage of this structure. I don't really understand why we use "should" here? Is there anyone who can help me?
thanks in advance

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Re: "Should I come up?"

Unread post by Joe » Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:51 am

We often use should to give advice (You should get your hair cut.) or seek advice (What should I wear?). In your example the speaker is asking for advice on what to do and the sense is: "Would it be a good idea if I came up?"

More about the modal verb should here

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Re: "Should I come up?"

Unread post by johnconstantine » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:50 pm

Thanks, Joe. That was really helpful and also fruitful.

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Re: "Should I come up?"

Unread post by LeesaJohnson » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:00 pm

Should is the past tense of shall in indirect speech. It is used for Duty and obligation, Conditional clauses and Possibility. We can write the sentence like this:- "It's me. May I come up?"

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Re: "Should I come up?"

Unread post by NiallHoughton » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:59 pm

Modal verbs. These are helping verbs, in this example it is used to make a suggestion.....other modal verbs about suggestion are
Could
May
Might
Shall.

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Re: "Should I come up?"

Unread post by WilsonTan » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:56 am

I believe both are correct: Would it be a good idea if I came up? and It's me. May I come up?

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Re: "Should I come up?"

Unread post by advancetutors » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:16 am

-try to talk as much as you can.
-talk as fluently as possible and be spontaneous.

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