How old shall you be your next birthday? Molloy, i. c, VI, § 2, 54.
Where shall you be found? Lytton, Caxtons, IV, Ch. V, 103.
Master Davy, how should you like to go along with me and spend a fort-
night at my brother's at Yarmouth? Dick., C o p, Ch. II, 136.
Davy dear, what should you think if I was to think of being married? ib,
Ch. X, 696.
I shouldn't like to fix about the garden and her not knowing everything from the first — should you, father? G.Eliot, Sil. Marn., II,Ch.XVI, 121. Should you like that, Eppie? ib, II, Ch. XIV 130.
There's a plantation of sugar-canes at the foot of that rock; should you like to look? id. Dan. Der, III, VII, Ch. LIV, 193. Should you have any particular objection, Doctor, to my taking those three young ones home with me? MIssBraddon, My First Happy Christmas (Stof, Handl, I, 71).
Obs. I. The conditional should is not "a pure auxiliary" of the conditional mood, as Sweet (N. E. G r, § 2293) makes it out to be, but a verb expressing some form of necessity, in questions, direct or indirect, introduced by why "implying the speaker's inability to conceive any reason or justification for something actual or contemplated, or any ground for believing something to be fact." Murray. s. y. shall, 23, a. Compare also Ch. I, 43, 6, 2.
Why should you wish to comfort folks who, out of their own sheer stupidity generally, get into trouble? Marie Corelli, The Sorrows of Satan, I, Ch. IV, 46.
You're not in love with me. Why sftouWyoube? Mrs, Ward, The Mating of Lydia, II, Ch. X, 211.
Old Glubb does not know why the sea should make me think of my mamma. Dick, D o m b, Ch. XII, 103.
I cannot see why money should have been referred to. G. Eliot, M i d, Ch. XLVI, 345.
This should is, of course, independent of person, i. e. it may have I or we as its subject as well as you or he (they). "Are you astonished?"... "Why should I be astonished; — "You approve?".|.. — "Why should I not approve?" Dick. Tale of Two Cities, II, Ch. XI, 161.
In enclitic questions which "are questions in form only, not in meaning" (Sweet, N. E. Gr, § 2202, c), the auxiliary is will (would), the same, that is, which is used in the preceding statement.
You will be there, won't you? Sweet, Spoken Eng, 39. You will do it yourself, will you? id, N E. Gr, § 2202, c. You would think so, wouldn't you? id. Spoken Eng, 39.
Sometimes we find another auxiliary in the enclitic question than in the preceding statement. Thus, apparently, not unfrequently in the works by G. Eliot.
You will like to play, shan't you. G. Eliot, M i 11, VI, Ch. VII, 385. You wouldn't like to keep her, should you? id, SU. Marn, I, Ch. XIII, 103. "We don't want everybody , said Miss Winnifred, "But you would like Miss Garth, mother shouldn . you?" id, Mid, V, Ch. LH, 378.