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    if v.ever

    "But the weather was bad, the roads were heavy with mud, he was overtaken by a storm of rain, and ere he could find shelter he was soaked to the skin."

    I would like to ask you this question. Ever/ere does not make sense to me as used in the source. I think that it should have been "if". If it was "if" instead of "ere" I would easily have understood the sentence. Would you please explain it?

    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/soaked+to+the+skin

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    Re: if v.ever

    The obsolete word ere means "before" in the quoted sentence. It can't be replaced with "if".
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    Re: if v.ever

    The sentence would make no sense with 'if'.

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