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  1. Junior Member
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    #1

    I wish you were/ would be...

    Hello, everybody!

    1. I wish/ if only you were more polite.
    2. I wish/ if only you would be more polite.

    3. I wish/ if only you didn't smoke.
    4. I wish/ if only you would not smoke.

    Could you tell, please, if all of these sentences correct and why?
    Thank you!
    Last edited by Iryn_; 30-Jan-2016 at 22:15. Reason: The question wasn't clear enough

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    #2

    Re: I wish/ if only you ...

    They are all OK with "I wish" or "If only".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: I wish/ if only you ...

    Could you also explain how the meaning changes when using
    were more polite/ would be more polite
    in these sentences?

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    #4

    Re: I wish/ if only you ...

    There is no appreciable difference in meaning.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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