Sometimes, I see sentences like the following, using two structures that, as far as my knowledge goes, aren't supposed to be together.

I should've been somebody by now.

You should've known it by now

What does this structure want to say?

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    Not sure about the structure question, but I can tell you what the sentences mean. "I should've been somebody by now" means that with the work they (or someone else) put in prior to now, they expected they would become someone notable, or a "somebody". "You should've known it by now" means that you have not met the expectation of the speaker that you would understand "it" by now. Both sentences express disappointment. – mjjf Sep 2 '20 at 2:19

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