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    Default Are they correct, please?

    - I wish you would be the last person that I would meet at the end of the day, and the first person that I would meet at every dawn.
    - I wish you would be the last person that I would meet at the end of the day, and the first one at every dawn.

    Are they correct, please?

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    Default Re: Are they correct, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    - I wish you would be the last person that I would meet at the end of the day, and the first person that I would meet at every dawn.
    - I wish you would be the last person that I would meet at the end of the day, and the first one at every dawn.

    Are they correct, please?
    The meaning seems to be partly clear, but it's not well-expressed.
    "I wish you would be ..." could mean "I wish you were" or "I wish you would consent to being ...". The second reading comes from "would".
    If it were a simple wish to have this state, you'd say "I wish you were ..." that is, "I wish you were [or 'could be'] the last person I saw at night and the first person I saw in the morning." All this can be said without 'would'.

    Compare: "I wish you were my wife" and "I wish you would be my wife". The meaning is different.

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