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    "Why should this have happened to me?"

    He got along very well, but he was disgusted that he couldn't read and write like other children. "Why should this have happened to me?" he asked accusingly.
    For should have+p.p. I read it means that something didn't happen.However, I can't get the meaning of it here?
    Will you please help me? Don't we say, "Why did it happen to me?"
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: "Why should this have happened to me?"

    '13 how/why should...? ...used to express surprise that something has happened or that someone has asked you a particular question'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/should
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    Re: "Why should this have happened to me?"

    Jasmine, 'Why did it happen to me?' means the same as your original sentence.

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