Farming Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob explains how to use ‘should’, ‘should have’ and some expressions used in giving directions.


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Submitted by May Thida Su on Sat, 17/04/2021 - 15:07

I want to know Can I use " should've taken my umbrella " instead for " should've brought my umbrella " ?

Hello May Thida Su,

We use 'bring' to speak about moving something to the place we or the person we are speaking to are located. So if you are talking about the moment of speaking -- for example, it's started to rain and you don't have an umbrella -- then 'I should've brought my umbrella' is correct (and 'taken' is not).

We use 'take' to speak about moving something to a place that is different from where we or the person we are speaking to are located. So if you are talking about a past situation -- for example, yesterday when you went to the market and it rained but you had no umbrella -- then the 'taken' form would be the correct one.

You might find this explanation of 'bring' and 'take' useful.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Bara on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 11:05

Hi Team, please Help me..... I don´t understand the difference between : For example: You should have taken an umbrella. - You should take an umbrella.
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Submitted by Kirk Moore on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 14:23

In reply to by Bara


Hello Bara

The difference between 'should' and 'should have' is explained on our Modals with 'have' page. Here, 'you should take' is referring to the present or future (for example, imagine that you know it is raining and you see that I'm leaving the house -- this would be a time to say 'you should take') and 'you should have taken' refers to the past (for example, if I come home wet from the rain, you could tell me 'you should have taken').

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Stephane on Wed, 06/02/2019 - 17:25

Hi the team, What did Steven say at the end of the video ? Best regards, Stéphane

Hello Stephane

He says 'It's matasak, in Persian.' and then 'I'll see you later, Rob.'

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by M.A.KH on Sat, 27/10/2018 - 07:57

Why we say " Pietro didn't pass his exam. he shuld have studied harder " and we don't say " he should has studied harder " . thanks

Hello M.A.KH,

Should have is an example of a perfect modal verb and these verbs do not change their form. We use 'have' in all such examples:

should have

would have

won't have

could have




The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by lellablu on Sun, 07/10/2018 - 19:08

Scarecrow is spaventapasseri in italian, a very long word!