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    Bruce Springsteen

    "I wish I were blind when I see you with your man"

    Please can you explain it is mistake or some special meaning?

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    Re: Bruce Springsteen

    Quote Originally Posted by cartouche View Post
    "I wish I were blind when I see you with your man"

    Please can you explain it is mistake or some special meaning?

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    It means that it upsets him so much to see her with another man, that he wishes he were blind and unable to see that.

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    Re: Bruce Springsteen

    Ha ha ha

    I know what it means. Sorry I didn't explain my question correctly.

    I am asking about was were
    it should be "I wish I was" instead of "I wish I were"

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    Re: Bruce Springsteen

    Quote Originally Posted by cartouche View Post
    Ha ha ha

    I know what it means. Sorry I didn't explain my question correctly.

    I am asking about was were
    it should be "I wish I was" instead of "I wish I were"
    "I wish I were..." is correct.

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    Re: Bruce Springsteen

    both "was" and "were" correct?

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    Re: Bruce Springsteen

    Oh, the delights of the subjunctive!

    I wish I were...
    If only I were...
    If I were...

    You will certainly hear "If I was..." etc in BrE very regularly and no-one will have the slightest idea that it's technically wrong. In fact, if you mention the subjunctive to most native BrE speakers, they will give you a blank stare and run away. We don't learn grammar (or at least we don't learn the terminology) unless we start learning a foreign language.

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    Re: Bruce Springsteen

    Quote Originally Posted by cartouche View Post
    "I wish I were blind when I see you with your man"

    Please can you explain it is mistake or some special meaning?

    Thank you
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Cartouche.

    (1) I respectfully suggest that you use If I / he/ she / it were

    whenever you speak about something that is not true:

    If I were handsome (I'm not), I would have many girlfriends.

    If Tom were a teacher (He's actually a mechanic), he would be very popular because he is very patient and kind.

    If today were Sunday (It's actually Tuesday), I would go to church.

    *****

    (2) I respectfully suggest that you use If I/ he/ she/ it was

    whenever you are talking about something that possibly happened in

    the past.

    Joe: Why are you angry with me?

    Martha: Because you were rude to me yesterday.

    Joe: Really? Well, if I was rude to you yesterday (it is possible

    because sometimes I am rude to people without knowing it), I wish to

    apologize today.

    **********

    Mona: Was Ralph at yesterday's party?

    Tony: Yes, he was.

    Mona: Well, if he was there, I certainly did not see him. (It is possible
    that

    Ralph attended the party, but there were so many people there that

    Mona never saw him.)

    Thank you

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    Re: Bruce Springsteen

    TheParser

    This is a great explanation - simple and clear. I'm filing it for future reference!

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    Re: Bruce Springsteen

    The answer like it is correct or not correct is not answer for me.
    The same was when I studed in uni, If I did wrong the doctor said "forget about it". But why should I forget? I need to know the problem from inside to avoid making any mistakes in future.


    TheParser, thank you for your answer and full explaination.

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