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What should I do? vs What do I do?

What's the difference between "What should I do" and "What do I do"?

Something tells me the latter implies you are completely at a loss while the former is a simple question asking what the speaker should do. But I'm not sure. Which would you likely use in what circumstances?

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Base language: English
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    That's a pretty good way to separate them.

    If there were multiple options then I would use either (more often "should" because of choice):

    "I don't know if I should take the new job or stay with my current job. What should/do i do?"

    If there is only one option, I would usually say "do" (not "should" because no choice):

    "Now that I have completed the first step, what do I do?"


    You are correct. Well done.

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