Would I could get good from chewing branches!

Discussion in 'English Only' started by a malta, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. a malta

    a malta Senior Member

    I' m reading "The Jungle Books", and I found this construction pretty unusual:"Would I could get...";it's Bagheera the panther speaking...does "would" here mean "I wish..."?
    Thank you :) a m
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    English - England
    Yes - more or less - more precisely, Would I could = "If only I were able to..."
  3. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    Yes. It's an obsolete construction meaning "I wish I could get ..."

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