20001Re: [Czechlist] What does "should" actually mean??????
- Mar 2, 2004In the example about driving, in the United States when a manual says, "This
vehicle should be driven by people over 16," it is equivalent to saying, "This
vehicle must be operated by licensed drivers." Sixteen is the age when most
Americans get their driver's license, unless they have not taken a driver's
training course, in which case the age is usually 18.
So, when Americans say, "No one under 16 should operate this," it's generally
an unconscious euphemism for, "Only licensed drivers should operate this."
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