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    Default I fain would see it

    Could you please translate this archaic sentence?

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    Default Re: I fain would see it

    I would be very eager to see it.

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    Default Re: I fain would see it

    So can we say "fain" means eager?

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    Default Re: I fain would see it

    Quote Originally Posted by antemeridiem
    So can we say "fain" means eager?
    http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/fain?view=uk

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=8&q=fain




    As far as I can recall, this is the first I've heard of the word "fain". I think it just might be archaic. Oxford indicates that it is archaic. I'll have to make it part of my daily speaking. I would be fain to do so. Actually, I'm just "feigning".

    http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/fain?view=uk

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    Default Re: I fain would see it

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I would be very eager to see it.
    It was in the title of the thread.

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    Default Re: I fain would see it

    I am not familiar with the development of the English language but with German. Similar movements took place. Talking to older people or people in rather isolated regions (oh, yes, they are still there in the middle of Europe) shows some rather interesting speech patterns.

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