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Are these phrases usable in the modern English?

Russian Federation

Are these phrases usable in the modern English?
Dear members of the English-speaking community. At the moment I �m listening to "The Song of Ice and Fire" by G.R.R. Martin. I �m nearing the end of the 5th volume, and have a couple of questions:
Would that I could (as "I wish I could")
Much and more (as "a lot")
Little and less (as "very little")
These phrases are very often used in the speech of Martin �s characters.
However, I �ve never heard them in spoken English. How appropriate are they nowadays?Would they sound obsolete if used in my speech?
Thanks in advance! 

31 May 2015      

United States

The first is definitely outdated in the US. The other two might be Martin �s own creation, or they might be British usage, but I �ve never heard of them in the US.


31 May 2015     

Russian Federation

Thanks, Bruce. Looks like the author is really crative in both plots and new vocab :)

2 Jun 2015