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    peter123 is offline Senior Member
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    wish

    Hi there,

    I wish you had brought your wife with you to the party.
    I wish you could have brought your wife with you to the party.

    any difference?

    tks
    pete

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    Re: wish

    Hi there,
    any idea??
    tks
    pete

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    Re: wish

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    I wish you had brought your wife with you to the party.
    I wish you could have brought your wife with you to the party.

    any difference?

    tks
    pete
    #1 simply means you did not bring you wife with you to the party (the reason is not specified), and it is a pity to the speaker
    #2 means there was no opportunity for your wife to come along

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    Re: wish

    NO

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    Re: wish

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    NO
    I beg your pardon?

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    Re: wish

    Hi there,


    any idea?

    tks
    pete

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    Re: wish

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,


    any idea?

    tks
    pete
    You've already been given an answer to your question, to which you inexplicably replied "NO!"

    I generally agree with the original response.

    I wish you had brought your wife to the party = I think it would have been nice/preferable if your wife had come with you.

    I wish you could have brought your wife to the party = It is a shame/pity that something prevented you from bringing your wife (ie you physically could not bring her for some reason).

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    Re: wish

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    NO
    I've been visiting forums for more than 6 years, and I have never read such a funny but yet strange answer

    Why don't you agree, by the way?

    Cheers!

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    Re: wish

    Hi there,
    1. I wish you had brought your wife to the party.
    2. I wish you could have brought your wife to the party.
    The first one has a sense of 'oh, it is a shame that you didn't bring her.' But the second one has a sense of 'You could bring her with you, why didn't you'.

    tks
    pete

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    Re: wish

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    1. I wish you had brought your wife to the party.
    2. I wish you could have brought your wife to the party.
    The first one has a sense of 'oh, it is a shame that you didn't bring her.' -agreed- But the second one has a sense of 'You could bring her with you, why didn't you'.-disagreed-

    tks
    pete
    Example:
    Q: Why couldn't you bring her with you?
    A: Because she was sick.
    (This is how I see it.)

    Cheers!

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