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Dear Grammar Exchange members,

I was wondering if you could tell me about a phrase "as you should" used in TikTok. I've seen this phrase in some posts on TikTok. This phrase is often used as a cold response when a person did a good thing for her/his lover.

For example, ...

A man: "You're so beautiful. I love your smile."

His girlfriend: "As you should, period."

After he heard the phrase, he looks so sad. I can understand that the phrase has a negative connotation, and his girlfriend wants to convey that she deserves the compliment as his lover.

But,  I cannot understand what words are omitted after "should." Is this phrase related to an as-clause in "We will be adhering to all laws, as we should"?

In short, my questions is summarized as follows:

Q1. What does the "As you should" mean in this context?

Q2. What words are omitted after "should" in the phrase?

Q3. Is this phrase related to an as-clause in "We will be adhering to all laws, as we should"?

Thank you in advance.

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Hi, Toowoomba—"As you should" in such sentences means, effectively, "which you should." "As" functions here as a kind of relative pronoun. Here's a related example: "You pay your taxes, as you should." The sentence means the same thing as "You pay your taxes, which you should." "Which" and "as" function as the complement of "should" and mean "pay your taxes." Compare: You pay your taxes, and you should. You love your girfriend's smile, and you should.

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