I\ would\ that

I\ would\ that
• (I) would that
• would God
• would heaven
literary
I wish that. - Used at the beginning of a sentence expressing a wish; followed by a verb in the subjunctive; found mostly in poetry and older literature.

Would that I could only drop everything and join you.

Would that my mother were alive to see me married.

Syn.: if only

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • would that — or[I would that] or[would God] or[would heaven] {literary} I wish that. Used at the beginning of a sentence expressing a wish; followed by a verb in the subjunctive; found mostly in poetry and older literature. * /Would that I could only drop… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • would that — or[I would that] or[would God] or[would heaven] {literary} I wish that. Used at the beginning of a sentence expressing a wish; followed by a verb in the subjunctive; found mostly in poetry and older literature. * /Would that I could only drop… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • would\ that — • (I) would that • would God • would heaven literary I wish that. Used at the beginning of a sentence expressing a wish; followed by a verb in the subjunctive; found mostly in poetry and older literature. Would that I could only drop everything… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • would that — I wish that …   English contemporary dictionary

  • would that he were still living — I wish that he were still alive …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • would — W1S1 [wud] modal v negative short form wouldn t ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(past intentions/expectations)¦ 2¦(imagined situations)¦ 3¦(past habits)¦ 4¦(requesting)¦ 5¦(offering/inviting)¦ 6¦(what somebody wants)¦ 7¦(past purpose)¦ 8 would not …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • would — [[t]wəd STRONG wʊd[/t]] ♦ (Would is a modal verb. It is used with the base form of a verb. In spoken English, would is often abbreviated to d.) 1) MODAL You use would when you are saying what someone believed, hoped, or expected to happen or be… …   English dictionary

  • Would — Will Will, v. t. & auxiliary. [imp. {Would}. Indic. present, I will (Obs. I wol), thou wilt, he will (Obs. he wol); we, ye, they will.] [OE. willen, imp. wolde; akin to OS. willan, OFries. willa, D. willen, G. wollen, OHG. wollan, wellan, Icel. & …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • would — verb, past of will Etymology: Middle English wolde, from Old English; akin to Old High German wolta wished, desired Date: before 12th century 1. a. archaic wished, desired b. archaic wish for ; want c. (1) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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