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    If you only

    Here are some sentences from a poem:

    The Baby's Secret

    OH! stupid gorwn-up people who think yourselves so wise,
    If you only saw what I see-saw with a baby's eyes!

    What does "If you only" mean here? Then why past tense "saw" is used here? Thank you.

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    Re: If you only

    'If only' has a similar meaning to 'I wish'. The past tense is use as a distancing-in-reality tense. Grown-up people cannot see with a baby's eyes; we are dealing with a counterfactual hypothesis.

    If I have time tomorrow, I will help you - possible.
    If I had time now, I would help you. - hypothetical; I do not have time.
    I wish I had time now. - hypothetical; I do not have time.
    I wish grown-up people saw with baby's eyes. - hypthetical; they don't
    If only grown-up people saw with baby's eyes. - hypothetical, they don't.

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    Re: If you only

    Quote Originally Posted by reginaregina View Post
    Here are some sentences from a poem:

    The Baby's Secret

    OH! stupid gorwn-up people who think yourselves so wise,
    If you only saw what I see-saw with a baby's eyes!

    What does "If you only" mean here? Then why past tense "saw" is used here? Thank you.
    "See-saw" should not be a hyphenated word here. If you mean it to be a dash, then you need to leave a space on either side ("see - saw"). A see-saw is an entirely different thing.

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    Re: If you only

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "See-saw" should not be a hyphenated word here. If you mean it to be a dash, then you need to leave a space on either side ("see - saw"). A see-saw is an entirely different thing.
    So what does"see-saw"mean with no space on either side? Thank you.

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    Re: If you only

    seesaw - definition of seesaw by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    But, like all words, it is written with a space before and after it.

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    Re: If you only

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    But, like all words, it is written with a space before and after it.
    The dictionary says seesaw is an outdoor toy. Someone tells me see-saw is a game parents play with babys in order to make the baby’s view is similar to someone’s view of the other person. Is that true?

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    Re: If you only

    Quote Originally Posted by reginaregina View Post
    The dictionary says seesaw is an outdoor toy. Someone tells me see-saw is a game parents play with babys in order to make the baby’s view is similar to someone’s view of the other person. Is that true?
    Which dictionary? The one 5jj gave a link to doesn't - though it does call it a toy. I'd call it a plaything.

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    Re: If you only

    seesaw - Google Search

    An image is worth a thousand words.

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