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Someday, I _____ give anything... future optative? (asking for my dog)

Apparently, when a human pets a dog it produces a particular reaction in the brain akin to solace or well-being. I have a theory that when a dog licks a human, there is a reciprocal effect for the dog....
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Why is 'I would love to' so commonly used, and is it grammatically correct? [closed]

Why is the construction 'I would love to' so commonly used, and is it grammatically correct? If the word 'would' cannot be used with state verbs like love, think, etc, then isn't this technically ...
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She expressed the wish that God [might] bless America [closed]

A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (Quirk et al.) says: 14.34 The subjunctive and modal auxiliaries in indirect speech There is no indirect speech construction for the optative ...
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Subject pronoun after verb

"Perish the two hands of Abu Lahab [an uncle of the Prophet], and perish he!" Perish is verb and he is a subject pronoun, so why is "perish he!" used here?
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How would you handle ellipsis outside quotation marks?

Would it be: If I had only said, "I love you."... or If I had only said, "I love you"... or even If I had only said, "I love you,"... Basically, the ellipsis would represent someone trailing off....
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What kind of construct is 'would that that were all'?

There is a place in Bram Stoker’s Dracula where I can’t quite parse the grammar: 8 May. — I began to fear as I wrote in this book that I was getting too diffuse. But now I am glad that I went ...
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The third conditional for "if I could"

What is the third conditional for "if I could"? For example, we say: If I had studied hard, I would have passed the exam. How about this: If I could study, I would have passed the exam.[Is ...
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