ultrafacts:Old English cuðe, past tense of cunnan “to be…

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Old English cuðe, past tense of cunnan “to be able” ending changed 14c. to standard English -d(e). The excrescent -l- was added 15c.-16c. on model of would, should, where it is historical. [x]

In “should,” it comes from Old English “sceolde,” which was past-tense for “sceal” (which became “shall”). [x]

“Would” also comes from the past-tense for “to will,” which are “wolde” and “willan” respectively. [x]

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