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Is "come a time" used in this context considered to be bad grammar?

I wrote this sentence in a story I'm writing -> "I could seriously injure or kill you, come a time where the limited control I have slips out of my grip."

I feel like I've heard somebody say "come a time" before, but it seems off to me. Is it grammatically correct?

Answers

  • Perfectly good, if slightly archaic, use of the English subjunctive mood. Other examples:

    • Thy kingdom come, thy will be done...
    • God save the Queen!
    • God bless you!
    • Heaven help us!
    • Heaven forbid that ...
    • Suffice it to say ...

    The meanings of these phrases are not changed if you put May or May it or May there (as in your case) at the front of the phrase.

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