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Old 12-20-2011, 05:26 PM
Johanna Johanna is offline
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Originally Posted by Polycarp View Post
Because the plans are written with "should", they provide clear guidance as to intents and standards, not absolute requirements.
That illustrates how should originally meant the conditional mood of shall. It meant: on the condition that this provision has been tested and found better than the alternatives, then the force of the shall kicks in. When the condition is met it goes into effect.

ETA—I'm not someone who could say anything about administration of a code of standards, or judging the laws. I'm just analyzing the grammar they use.

Last edited by Johanna; 12-20-2011 at 05:29 PM.