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"should think" BrE or AmE as well?

Michael Swan says in his grammar book:

<font color="#0000ff">I should think</font> and <font color="#0000ff">I should have thought</font> (also <font color="#0000ff">I would</font> / <font color="#0000ff">I'd </font>...) can introduce <font color="#ff0000">guesses</font>.

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<font data-blogger-escaped-style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin;" style="">Are these about British English? Or true to American English as well?

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May 31, 2018 3:36 AM
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Thank you. Good to know. :)
May 31, 2018

The same goes for British English. This use of I should has an old-fashioned ring to it, even in Britain. We would probably also say I would or 'I'd'.

Practical English Usage was written in the late 1970s, so some of the language in it may sound a little outdated.  It has been revised over the years ( most recently in 2016) but there are still a lot of early editions around.

May 31, 2018
It's also American English.  We would tend to use would have instead of should have, though.
May 31, 2018