How to Use Should Could Would Correctly in a Sentence


The three words should could and would are examples of modals verbs and they are used to help the main VERBS They are the past form of shall, can and will.


Have a look at the modal verbs list which is-

  • Can
  • Could
  • May
  • Might
  • Will
  • Would
  • Must
  • Shall
  • Should
  • Ought to

But do you know how to use them? There are many such uses which really sometimes confuse the learners of English language.

So if you have a problem at hand using these three words correctly, then this post of mine would be of great help to you.

So let’s get started and see how we can use should, would and could correctly in a sentence.


The words should and shouldn’t are used for giving advice and suggestion to others like-

  • You should not smoke so much.
  • You should work hard to pass the test.
  • You should get up early to keep yourself fit.
  • I have lost my notebook. What should I do?
  • I feel sick. What should I do?
  • You should probably go home now. It is getting late.
  • You shouldn’t talk so much in the class.
  • You should work hard to get success.


The word should is also be used to express high possibility of something happening in the near future

  • He should be here any minute. I just had a telephonic conversation with him.



Could and couldn’t are used for describing someone’s ability in the past and also for a possibility.

  • I could go on singing for hours when I was younger.
  • She could run fast in her college days but now she has grown older.
  • He could convince anyone through his sale talk when he was at this prime.


The word could is also used for giving some polite suggestions to your friend or dear ones who have come to visit you and asking for your suggestions as to how to spend the time fruitfully.

  • You could go to the park and spend some time. It is a very nice place to spend the evening.
  • You could go to the market and buy some amazing dress for your upcoming wedding ceremony.


The word could is used also to show choice for the future events

  • If you reach the station after 10 PM you could take a private taxi instead of traveling by bus. The benefit is that you will reach home earlier.


Could is also be used for making polite requests

  • Could you close the door? It is so cold.
  • Could you turn down the sound of your music system? I am studying for my exam.
  • Could you lend me 500 rupees? I need it to buy some books.
  • Could you give me a glass of water?



We use would and wouldn’t for describing situations which are weird, improbable and fantasy situations

  • If I were the Principal of the school I would make going to school optional.
  • If I were a bird I would fly in the sky.
  • If I were a prince I would marry the beautiful lady.


Would is most of the time used with words like who, what, why and how in combination with the word like.

  • Who would you like to meet?
  • What would you like to eat?
  • Why would you like to leave early?
  • How would you like to spend your day today?


Have a look at the following sentences and understand the difference when the three words are used interchangeably in a sentence.

  • The President of the country could visit us on Friday ( This sentence conveys the information that the President will visit on Friday, there is a strong possibility but there are other options available to him also)
  • The President would visit us on Friday. (Here we are only imagining a situation; it may not be possible at all. He may have some prior engagements though willing.
  • The President should visit us on Friday. (Here we are telling it would not be a bad idea if the President visits us on Friday as on Saturday and other days all the students and staff members do not come.


Over to you                                                                               

Hope you will find the tips of modal verbs grammar regarding should could and would useful and use the words to communicate better. Please put down your suggestions in the comment section below to tell us how you feel about the post. If you know any more usages other than what is mentioned in this post, fell free to express.












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