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Who Said I Would If I Could But I Can’t So I Shan T?

Asked by: Kristofer Bahringer PhD

phrase If you say ‘would that’ something were the case, you are saying that you wish it were the case. Would that he could have listened to his father.

How do you use would and would in a sentence?

Using would as as a kind of past tense of will or going to is common in reported speech:

  1. She said that she would buy some eggs. (“I will buy some eggs.”)
  2. The candidate said that he wouldn’t increase taxes. (“I won’t increase taxes.”)
  3. Why didn’t you bring your umbrella? I told you it would rain! (“It’s going to rain.”)

Would that I could in a sentence?

I recently used “Would that I could…” in a opinion piece for my local paper and my editor questioned it. I don’t know that he had ever heard it, but I was at something of a loss to explain it. Now I’m curious. Any help would be appreciated.

What is the meaning of if I could I would?

“If I could then I would” means if I were able to do something the I would do it.

What is Shan T Meaning?

: shall not.

Would that this were?

Why we can say “would that it were”

The form would that is effectively the same as wish that or would rather that. These two sentences effectively have the same meaning: I wish that I knew the answer. Would that I knew the answer.

Is it correct to say if I were?

Many people use if I was and if I were interchangeably to describe a hypothetical situation. The confusion occurs because when writing in the past tense, I was is correct while I were is incorrect. However, when writing about non-realistic or hypothetical situations, if I were is the only correct choice.

Why do we say if I were?

Why do you use IF I WERE and not IF I WAS? The reason we use WERE instead of WAS is because the sentence is in the SUBJUNCTIVE mood which is used for hypothetical situations. This is a condition which is contrary to fact or reality (the fact is, I am NOT you).

Is it shall or Shan T?

The use of the contraction “shan’t” for “shall not” is more common in the UK than in the US, where it may strike readers as a bit old-fashioned. Americans are more likely to say “will not” in the same contexts.

How do you use Shan T?

Meaning of shan’t in English

Pick those books up immediately.” “Shan’t (= I refuse to)!” I shan’t be long. I shan’t tell her. I shan’t miss her at all.


Is the word Shan T a real word?

Shan’t is the usual spoken form of ‘shall not. ‘

Is it if you could or if you can?

To summarize, ‘can’ is the present tense version of the word and ‘could’ is the past tense version of the word. ‘Could’ is also used when a condition must be fulfilled in order for the thing to happen. … When asking someone to do something, either word can be used, but ‘could’ is considered to be more polite.

How do you use Shan T in a sentence?

I shan’t tell her. I shan’t miss her at all. I was invited but I shan’t be going. I shan’t stay long.

Is Shan T archaic?

Shalln’t is purportedly an “archaic” term, that has lost meaning in “modern” language..

Shall versus Will?

As a general rule, use ‘will’ for affirmative and negative sentences about the future. Use ‘will’ for requests too. If you want to make an offer or suggestion with I/we, use ‘shall’ in the question form. For very formal statements, especially to describe obligations, use ‘shall’.

Does Mayn t exist?

Many standard dictionaries still have entries for “mayn’t,” the contraction of “may not,” but it’s rarely heard now in British English and it’s virtually nonexistent in American English. … 25, 2015, entry on his website, says “mayn’t” is “very rare in British English, and would hardly ever be used in American English.”

Is Shan T colloquial?

Usage notes

Still used in colloquial British English. … In North America, like shall, it may also be considered formal or pompous, or used to parody British English speakers.

Can we use were after I?

We use “was” with I, he, she, it when speaking of the past: it is the singular past form of the verb “to be”. We use “were” with you and they and we: it is the plural past form. But sometimes we can use “were” with I (he, she, it): I wish I were a sailor.

Was born or were born?

1 Answer. “When were you born?” is the correct version. A simple rule of thumb would be to replace it with a similarly formed verb. Born is past participle, so we could replace it with written.