- Would that were so simple?
- Would that you were meaning?
- Would that in a sentence?
- When to say would?
Hence, would that it were so simple is an archaic, idiomatic way of saying if only it were so simple. And considering it might confuse a lot of people, the expression is fairly apt!
“Would that it were” suggests regret or a wish for an alternative to what is true. The expression would that it were implies a wishful or idealized alternative to an undesired reality. In other words, the speaker wishes for a different set of circumstances or outcome than the real situation he or she is in.
Why would that be the case? If somebody kicked you and then explained he did so because he was upset about what happened to his father, would that make the bruise go away?
would is the past tense form of will. Because it is a past tense, it is used: to talk about the past. to talk about hypotheses (when we imagine something)