Adapted by Sandy Millin
Would, could or should?
1. Once the pack is opened, the cooked meat inside __________ be consumed within three
2. I _______________ have helped you if I had known you were stranded. (I didn't know
that you were stranded. This "not knowing" occurred before my not helping you.)
3. I __________ already swim by the time I was three.
4. A: You _________ take your umbrella. It might rain.
B: No, I'll be all right. I won’t need it.
But it did rain. When he arrives back home, his wife says:
5. What did I tell you? You __________ have taken your umbrella. Then you __________n’t
have got wet.
6. If he'd taken an umbrella, he _________n’t have got wet on the way home.
7. I __________ have given up smoking years ago, Mary. If I had, I _________n’t be in such
bad shape now.
8. If he'd trained harder, I'm sure he ___________ have completed the swim. (He failed
because he wasn’t fit enough.)
9. I ___________ if I ___________. (common fixed phrase in English)
10. A: Why did you come to the meeting? It didn't need both of us. You _________ have
known that I would be there.
B: How _________ I have known you'd be there? I haven't spoken to you for a fortnight!
A: If I'd known you were intending to go, I certainly _________n’t have gone!
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