Examples of Modal Auxiliaries for Expectation


Modal Auxiliaries for Expectation Examples

1. Present/Future Expectation Examples:

When you expect something to take place but you are not 100% sure of that, you will use should/shouldn’t to represent the expectation.


  • Your math test is at 11:00 am. You should get ready now. (Present)
  • Can you please help him to do the work? It should take ten minutes only. (Future)
  • Aric has an exam He shouldn’t go out now. (Present)
  • Alice is starting from home so early. She shouldn’t be late. (Future)
  • Richard has a concert on next Tuesday. He should start rehearsing now. (Present)
  • Jack has an important exam this week. He should not leave the city now. (Present)
  • Jen’s flight is at 3 pm. She should start from home now. (Present)
  • You have to submit the project report tomorrow morning. You should complete it now. (Present)
  • Can you show him the way to the Chairman’s room? It should take a few seconds only. (Future)
  • Suzan has prepared herself so well for the exam. She shouldn’t get poor marks. (Future)

Examples of Modal Auxiliaries for Expectation
Examples of Modal Auxiliaries for Expectation

2. Past Expectation Examples:

While expecting anything was supposed to happen in the past, you have to use should have/ shouldn’t have and the past participle form of the verb.


  • I sent the parcel a week ago. Allen should have received it by now.
  • Tom is a talented designer. He shouldn’t have made this mistake.
  • You have to present the topic tomorrow. You should have prepared yourself by now.
  • Jeff is a sensible person. He shouldn’t have behaved like this.
  • Aric has an exam tomorrow. He should have completed his studies by now.

You may also use should have/ shouldn’t have to represent things of the past as right/wrong good/bad/.


  • Jack should have done it earlier because it really helped him to improve himself.
  • Aric should not have done it because it was a wrong decision.
  • You should not have bought the fish because it was rotten.
  • Alex should have admitted his fault as it was good for him.
  • Richard should not have gone to watch this movie because it was a waste of time and money.

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