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Offline navi

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would that
« on: October 27, 2021, 01:34:55 am »
Which are correct and which aren't archaic:

1) May it stop raining.
2) Would that it should stop raining.
3) Would that it stop raining.
4) Would that it stopped raining.

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Re: would that
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2021, 08:28:33 am »
1. No
2. Would that it would stop raining.
3. No
4. Fine

I wouldn't say that 2 and 4 are archaic; but they are a little formal and old fashioned. More likely might be: I wish it would stop raining.
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