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    Rover and I are there together. But I agree that few native speakers today would get it. It is archaic but not obsolete.

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    Default Re: The price of silver fell to that obtaining elsewhere

    98.5% then :)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    I'm with Rover and probus on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Rover and I are there together. But I agree that few native speakers today would get it. It is archaic but not obsolete.
    Might I join the club? (But I only know it because I had a geography teacher who was a windbag and a showoff.)

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    Afterthought: the collocation conditions and obtain was familiar enough to me (not very) to suggest a look in BNC and COCA. The collcation had 12 hits in BNC, and 19 in COCA (which, because COCA is more than 4 times as big, suggests that it's less common in Am E).

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