You don't have to include "should"; in fact, you shouldn't. The correct sentences, at least in US English, are:Hello, why after the "lest" word I have to write should? Is it a grammar operation?
I did not tell them the truth lest I should offend them.
I fear lest he should see her.
I think that resumes things very nicely, boozer. I've observed on very many threads that the Americans know how to (and actually do) use the English subjunctive much more than the Brits, and I do have a tendency to use "should" in a structure like the one in question, or after "suggest" etc, but that doesn't mean one is more correct than the other. It most certainly doesn't mean that the version with "should" is the only option.I was always taught (BE) that in such cases "should" is optional. I have been known to teach the same. They say "should" is your insurance policy against confusing the tense of the verb that follows - simply because "should" is followed by a bare infinitive anyway.
Exactly. From the OED: 1855 Cornwall 262Is there some reason, Copperknickers, why you think that "I offend" cannot be subjunctive?
How do you think the subjunctive mood is conjugated in English?
Look to the Purser well, lest he look to himself too well.