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    Default The use of 'should'

    Hello,

    What is the function of 'should' in these two sentences?

    I am very glad that she should want to go out and amuse herself.
    After all it was very natural that he should like to play about with Roger.
    I should hate to see you let down now.
    (From Somerset Maugham's Theatre)

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    Default Re: The use of 'should'

    The first and third are future conditionals. I think Maugham's usage in the second sentence is old-fashioned. Most people today would just say "... natural that he liked to play...".

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    Default Re: The use of 'should'

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    The first and third are future conditionals. I think Maugham's usage in the second sentence is old-fashioned. Most people today would just say "... natural that he liked to play...".
    I don't think these are future conditionals. In each case, should could be replaced with would.

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    Default Re: The use of 'should'

    They are really a form of subjuctive.

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