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See also: Willan
- to want
- Hwæt wilt þū mā æt mē?
- What more do you want from me?
- late 10th century, Ælfric, Extracts on Grammar in English
- Iċ wille þæt þū rǣde.
- I want you to read.
- c. 990, Wessex Gospels, Mark 10:51
- Hwæt wilt þū þæt iċ þē dō?
- What do you want me to do to you?
- 10th century, the Blickling Homilies, "The Story of Peter and Paul"
- Hwæder wilt þū gangan?
- Where do you want to go?
- to intend
- Iċ wolde þæt dōn!
- I meant to do that!
- Ne breġd þū nǣfre þīn sweord būtan þū his notian wille.
- Never draw your sword unless you intend to use it.
- to be willing
- used to express habitual behavior
- used to express futurity
- Hwæt lā wilt þū dōn, mē stingan?
- What are you gonna do, stab me?
- to want or intend to go (to or from somewhere)
- Hū oft wolde iċ anweġ heonan?
- How many times have I wanted to get away from here?
- used in the subjunctive past to express hypotheticals, where Modern English would use "would"
- Hū wolde þē līcian ġif ic wisse ealle þīne dēagolnesse?
- How would you like it if I knew all your secrets?
Conjugation of willan (irregular)
|indicative mood||present tense||past tense|
|first person singular||wille||wolde|
|second person singular||wilt||woldest|
|third person singular||wile||wolde|
|subjunctive||present tense||past tense|