I wanted to communicate the following with someone:
I would do this thing, if I could do it.
However, always trying to be clever and using amusing, possibly archaic grammar I wanted to type:
I would, but I could.
It's not clear to me this is correct in any way. Altering this again it makes more sense, reminding me of a line Shakespeare might write.
But(if) I could do this thing, then I would.
Is sentence three (3) grammatical, and does it make sense to most people? Does this construct with
if have a name? What about sentence two (2) which seems to me like a shortened version of three (3). This SE question offers details about implied
if, which could be related.