I don't understand what is the use of "should" in this sentence:- "Strange that now in its old age this dark business should have cast its shadow upon the venerable walls!"

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    It's funny you should say that, but the usage is definitely on the up & up. Apr 5, 2020 at 12:00
  • ...but I can't see why we don't seem to be able to say It's rude you should say that (only constructions like It's rude of you to say that seem to work there). Apr 5, 2020 at 12:06

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Especially in UK English should might be substituted for would in its modal verb form.


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