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    it is... that ... should. A bit old-fashioned? archaic?

    Flipping through an old grammar, I was surprised to find that the following is a common construction in English:

    It is + adjective + that + ... should ... (use: forming judgment)

    E.g. It is natural that he should think so.
    It is nice that you should attend his meeting.

    what actually does 'should' mean here? I come across quite a lot of 'should's' like these in Jane Austen's masterpieces, hence inclined to regard these as rather formal, old-fashioned English. What do you think?

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    Re: it is... that ... should. A bit old-fashioned? archaic?

    Yes, it's rather formal and old-fashioned.

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