- For Teachers
"I hope this ring will mean to you what it means to me."
Is this correct?
I'm thinking, "I hope this ring will mean to you what it meant to me."
In context, the ring always has meaning to me that I hope this other person will also share. I don't want it to have meant something, but not anymore.
Also, I hope this ring will mean as much to you as it does to me.
I imagine that someone has given the other person a ring as a symbol of their relationship. Rather than seeing the ring as a gift, the giver hopes the receiver will think of the ring as symbolizing their relationship, not just a pretty bauble.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.