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    #1

    might well have engraved

    I'm confused what the following in red is saying.

    Here are four lines which Mark Twain had engraved on the tombstone of his daughter Susy---lines which a loving nation might well have engraved on his own headstone:

    Warm summer sun, shine kindly here;
    .......


    Is the above saying "a loving nation(the U.S.) actually engraved the lines on Mark Twain's headstone," or "the U.S would have been pleased to engrave the lines on Mark Twain's headstone if it could"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: might well have engraved

    Your second option ["the U.S would have been pleased to engrave the lines on Mark Twain's headstone if it could" is correct.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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