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    Default I wish I could have a brother like you.

    Is it proper to say "I wish I could have a brother" when you don't have one? "Could" seems weird, so I think just "I wish I had a brother like you" is proper. What do you think?

    Woman: You are such a nice brother to your sister, but I don't have any brother.
    I wish I could have a brother like you.

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    Default Re: I wish I could have a brother like you.

    "I wish I could have a brother." - I wish it were possible for me to have a brother. It's fine.

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    Default Re: I wish I could have a brother like you.

    How about:
    "I wish you were my brother."

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    Default Re: I wish I could have a brother like you.

    I wish I could have a teacher like you.
    I wish I could have such a teacher as you.
    I wish I had a teacher like you.

    Are these sentences correct? Which one is better to use to sound like a native?

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    Default Re: I wish I could have a brother like you.

    Not a teacher

    It's related to my post, so my opinion is the last one, which I think is the most natural one. Even in Korean, we say so.
    *I wish I had a teacher like you.

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    Default Re: I wish I could have a brother like you.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    "I wish I could have a brother." - I wish it were possible for me to have a brother. It's fine.
    Only if the speaker knows their father has had a vasectomy (or there is some other physical impediment. ) I suspect you know this 5jj (as your alternative wording suggests), but I also suspect the OP doesn't. If the wisher just wishes he had a brother (because he doesn't and wants one), 'I wish I had...' is correct.

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