the more i see and hear, the less i know for sure, but if you tell me what i "should " be doing for the welfare of the planet, be ready for an intensive search into your closet and careful examination of every inconsistency.
You were awarded an apple by Cris Bessette, who is a 'language nerd', because of the thoroughness of your post. It's a little late, perhaps, but, in case you were wondering....
Dan Boone wrote:When I feel the need to say "should" and can't supress it, I go for softening phrases: "I wonder if you should [whatever] if your goal is to..."
Charles Tarnard wrote:'I would prefer to not use plastic in that application' is much less forceful than 'you shouldn't use plastic.'
Nick Kitchener wrote:From a technical documentation perspective, the word "should" is used when a particular requirement or action is advisable, and optional:
I personally distinguish between the words should and must. They are two different words and have two different meanings. The lack of grammar in our modern education system really does us all a disservice IMHO.
Upgeya Pew wrote:I've been learning and teaching Compassionate Communication (also known as Nonviolent Communication or NVC) for over a decade. NVC has a particular understanding of the subtleties of the English language that might be helpful here. ...
"I found a great article. You should read it." That, in no way implies an obligation, a directive, nor teacher/student relationship
My point is that if you have a political forum, then it should be ...
Lauren Reinkens wrote:One is always at liberty to frame one's own interpretation of a message to reflect their particular state of mind. I've never found it possible to change the way others communicate, only the way I perceive and respond.
Ross Hunter wrote: Being easily offended is not a good thing.