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—The grapes look really beautiful.

—They____ ! See the price, $3.99 a pound. Too expensive, aren’t they?

A. would B. could C. might D. should

—How’s your tour around the ? Is it beautiful?

—It ______ be, but it is now heavily polluted.

A. will B. would C. should D. must
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HI, and welcome to the forums. You need to provide your answers first.
To each question, the answer is "should". I don't understand why.
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first the correct answer : a

second answer: d
marceloBrazil second answer: d

Wrong!
It should be "c"
Hi Wang,
Welcome to the forum. Our aim is to help you learn how to speak and write English well.

In the first sentence, one person remarks how beautiful the grapes are. Their friend exclaims that they should be, meaning that because the grapes cost $3.99 per pound [which is about twice the usual price] they certainly should be beautiful for that price.

In the second sentence, the first speaker asks a person who has just taken a tour around a lake, if it was beautiful. They reply that the area should be beautiful, but it is not because pollution has damaged the environment. They could also have said: It would have been if it were not so polluted.

Do you understand the reasons why it has to be should and not the other words? If not, please ask again.

Best wishes,
TrysB
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Hi TrysB,

I can understand your explanation to the second sentence, but I wonder if we should change the dialogue into:

—How was your tour around the North Lake? Was it beautiful?

—It would have been, but it is now heavily polluted.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Hi anon,
Yes, you are correct. One would not say How is your tour...

I think, however, with the sloppy diction in the U.S., How was probably would come out sounding like How's [pronounced like How'uz].

Regards,
TrysB
wangqh2696122—The grapes look really beautiful.

—They____ ! See the price, $3.99 a pound. Too expensive, aren’t they?

A. would B. could C. might D. should
D. should

They should! = The grapes should look really beautiful! = A person is well justified to expect these grapes to look really beautiful considering the price.

This is the should of expectation used to express a somewhat indignant attitude toward the situation.
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wangqh2696122—How’s your tour around the North Lake? Is it beautiful?

—It ______ be, but it is now heavily polluted.

A. will B. would C. should D. must
I see two possible answers:

B. would

It would be, but ... = North Lake would be beautiful if it were not heavily polluted.

(Conditional would.)

C. should

It should be, but ... = I expected North Lake to be beautiful [according to previously obtained information about it, presumably], but it is not beautiful because of pollution.

Also the should of expectation.

CJ
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