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In this lesson, we will learn about how to use ‘must’ and ‘should’.
Lucy: Hey Jack! Tell me, do you know the difference between ‘must’ and ‘should’?
Jack : I think I do. You use these words when you suggest that somebody has to do something.
Lucy : That’s right. You must learn the difference between these two words.
Jack : You used must instead of should, you could also have said ‘You should learn the difference between these two words’. Right?
Lucy : That’s right! But learning the difference is very important, that’s why you must know it.
Jack : So when something is very important you use must?
Lucy : Correct! When you can’t avoid doing something, or doing it is very important, then you use ‘must’.
Jack : And you use ‘should’ when you want to recommend that something should be done, or when a person ought to do something, but it’s not a strict requirement.
Lucy : That’s correct! You know the difference now. You should give yourself a treat!
Jack : I should, so it’s not a requirement and I may or may not do it.
Lucy : It’s your choice. But we must hear some sample conversations.
Jack : We must, so we have to. Okay, let’s go!
Lucy: What documents must I bring to sign the lease for the apartment?
Manager: You must bring some identity proof for the records, and you should also bring the cash advance.
Lucy: Can I pay the advance through a check?
Manager: Yes, you can. You can bring a check instead of cash if you want.
Lucy: What time should I come?
Manager: I leave at 6 every day. So you must come before 6 PM.
Lucy: Thank you. See you soon!
Duke: Where’s the bus?
Ray: I think it’s running late.
Duke: It should have been here 30 minutes ago.
Ray: It should be coming soon.
Duke: It must, because I’m already late for work.
Lucy: We must stop polluting Earth!
Duke: I agree. We are ruining this planet. We should do something about it.
Lucy: I think we should use cycles instead of cars to get to places.
Duke: You’re right, and we should not build any nuclear reactors.
Lucy: You’re right. Remember the Fukushima disaster in Japan? We must use renewable power like Germany.
Duke: I think we should write a letter to our senator demanding renewable energy!