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    #1

    why should I have...

    Why didn't you close the door?

    1-Why should I have closed it?
    2-Why should I have?
    3-Why should I?

    Which of the sentence 1 to 3 are acceptable in this context?

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    #2

    Re: why should I have...

    Assuming we're not talking about how rude they sound, and we're focusing on the grammar, then 1 and 2 are okay, but 3 would suggest a future action, not a past one..
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: why should I have...

    I don't know if this is BrE, but 2 sounds strange to me.

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    #4

    Re: why should I have...

    Thank you both.

    The sentences are pointed questions. I understand that.

    How about:

    4-Why would I have?
    5-Why would I?

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