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    nothing to wish for/ to hope for

    Could you tell me what is the difference between 'nothing to wish for' and 'nothing to hope for'? I cannot find it from all my dictionaries.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: nothing to wish for/ to hope for

    If you wish for something, you express a desire for something, without the certainty that it will occur.

    She wished for a new boyfriend after Joe dumped her.

    If you hope for something, you want something to happen and have good reason to believe it will.

    She hoped for a new boyfriend with the change of school.

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    Re: nothing to wish for/ to hope for

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    If you wish for something, you express a desire for something, without the certainty that it will occur.

    She wished for a new boyfriend after Joe dumped her.

    If you hope for something, you want something to happen and have good reason to believe it will.

    She hoped for a new boyfriend with the change of school.
    Dear Anglika,
    Thank you for the trouble you took to answer my question. I should have described my confusion more clearly.
    I was told that 'Our wines leave you nothing to hope for' was a common mistake and that we should say 'Our wines leave you nothing to wish for'.
    They said 'I have nothing to hope for' meant 'I feel hopeless' and that 'I have nothing to wish for' meant 'I feel satisfied because I have everything I need and am in a state of well-being'. Is that so?

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: nothing to wish for/ to hope for

    Right - if your wine leave you nothing to hope for, it is [as you suggest] hopeless and no good.

    If your wine leaves you nothing to wish for, then it is good enough for you to not feel that you could do with a better one.


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