Question: Do you know who it could be?

Response: How the hell should I (know)?

Would it be natural to leave out (know) in the response?

  • Why should I? Why would I? Jan 23 at 15:21
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    If you leave out know, you would emphasise the word should. With know, you would emphasise I. Jan 23 at 15:32

As alluded to in the comments section. It would be perfectly natural to leave out 'know'. On a personal level though, it sounds more natural to keep it in.

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