This week, we are taking a look at “should have” clauses:
Criticisms and regrets
We use “should have” + past participle to speak about past situations for criticisms and regrets:
She should have resigned earlier. (criticism)
His speech was a disaster. He shouldn’t have bothered coming. (criticism)
I should have started studying for my exams in January! (regret)
We shouldn’t have taken this road. (regret)
In spoken English, we normally use “should’ve” instead of the full “should have”.
I should’ve stayed at home.
He should’ve bought that car.
Now try to unscramble these sentences (remember to write the sentences exactly as you see them – the quiz is cap sensitive 🙂 ):