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    for fear that someone/something "would" or "should"

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...ight-rain.html
    I took an umbrella with me for fear that it would rain. (I wouldn't use "should" there. Perhaps that is an AE/BE difference.)

    1. ...for fear that it would rain.
    2. ...for fear that it should rain.

    Do BrE speakers prefer #2 to #1? Is #2 unacceptable in U.S. English?

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    Re: for fear that someone/something "would" or "should"

    The whole thing sounds a little old-fashioned to me whatever modal you choose.

    I'd probably me more likely to say, "in case it rained"

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