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Hello everybody,

I need help with the interpretation of the following sentence :

"It should be better for you if you finished part of your work in these few days so you're not rushing in the days before the holidays"

Can the above sentence be interpreted in one or all of the following manners :

Chances are that it would be better for you
To the best of my knowledge (same continuation)
It is my conviction ...
There is a strong probability ...
I strongly believe..
My experience tells me ..

or "should" can be replaced with "would" without any change in the meaning in the sentence ?

I'd also like to know if the meaning is changed if I put it in the following manner, and which of the three highlighted option would be the most natural option :

It is better for you if you finish/ that you finish/ to finish part of your work these days,so you're not rushing in the days before the holidays.

Thank you for your help
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Velimir"It should be better for you if you finished part of your work ...
Sorry. This turn of phrase is just not speaking to me. It doesn't say anything to me. It's such a peculiar phrase that there is really no point in trying to form a sensible interpretation of it.
It should be:
It would be better for you if you ...
CJ
Hello CalifJim,

Thank you for your answer. I think I'm kind of specialized in asking meaningless questions Emotion: smile

The sense I sought to find in that sentence with "should" is similar to the meaning of "should"( I understand it has ) in the following context which I've taken from American Corpus :

"Try skiing again and see if the edges hold better. You can always stop and redo them as well as extend the sharpening more toward the tip and tail area. This sharpness will not last long, but it should help you through the day or until you can get to a shop. "

What if I rephrased the sentence from my first post like :

"You've got a lot work to do and it is possible you'll not be able to finish it all until the holidays.Why don't you ask for some help from your collegaue. You should finish it before the holidays in that case."

Am I equally unintelligible with this one?

Do other options I gave in the first post have similar meaning and make sense in the given sentence?

Thank you again for your help CalifJim
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VelimirThis sharpness will not last long, but it should help you through the day or until you can get to a shop.
= it can be expected to help ~ you wouldn't be wrong to expect that it will help
VelimirYou should finish it before the holidays in that case.
= should be able to finish = can expect to finish ~ would not be wrong to expect to finish
Same idea in both cases, yes.
VelimirAm I equally unintelligible with this one?
No. Now you're cooking with gas! Emotion: smile

CJ
VelimirI think I'm kind of specialized in asking meaningless questions Emotion: smile
Once in a while you do come up with something a little stranger than usual! But it keeps us entertained! No harm done. Keep asking! Emotion: smile
CJ
VelimirDo other options I gave in the first post have similar meaning and make sense in the given sentence?
No. The It should ... if you finished... combination makes it quite anomalous (to my ear) in the meaning It can be expected ... if you finished ...
It's too close to the idiom It would be better if .... It sounds as if you're trying to say It would be better if ..., but you made a mistake and got the wrong word (should) in there.
CJ
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Hello CalifJim,

Thank you very much for the clear answer. I think I've got it right.

Please would you briefly comment on the options from the first post without regard to "should", if they are correct and roughly tell the same :

Chances are that it would be better for you if you finished part of your work in these few days so you're not rushing in the days before the holidays.

To the best of my knowledge it would be better for you...

It is my conviction that...

There is a strong probability that..

I strongly believe ..

Thank you for you help again CalifJim
Hello CalifJim,

Sorry, I think your previous answer referred to all other options I've repeated in my last post, in the combination with "would be better". In the way I understand it, that combination is very common in my language and that was confusing me I guess.