Should imp. of Shall. Used as an auxiliary verb, to express a conditional or contingent act or state, or as a supposition of an actual fact; also, to express moral obligation (see Shall); e. g.: they should have come last week; if I should go; I should think you could go. “You have done that you should be sorry for.”
Syn: -- See Ought.
Shall v. i. & auxiliary. [imp. Should ]
Note: [Shall is defective, having no infinitive, imperative, or participle.]
1. To owe; to be under obligation for. [Obs.] “By the faith I shall to God”
2. To be obliged; must. [Obs.] “Me athinketh [I am sorry] that I shall rehearse it her.”
ther he will or not. In the early English, and hence in our English Bible, shall is the auxiliary mainly used, in all the persons, to express simple futurity. (Cf. Will, v. t.) Shall may be used elliptically; thus, with an adverb or other word expressive of motion go may be omitted. “He to England shall along with you.”
Note: ☞ Shall and will are often confounded by inaccurate speakers and writers. Say: I shall be glad to see you. Shall I do this? Shall I help you? (not Will I do this?) See Will.