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    Question May we all have a vision of a world where every neighbour is a friend

    Dear English teachers and not only,

    Could you please advise what exactly is meant by "vision" in the next lines, "a dream" or "a view of a world"? In the case of "view" these lines must wish to have a real world where every neighbour is a friend rather than a beautiful dream about such a world.

    Happy new year
    Happy new year
    May we all have a vision now and then
    Of a world where every neighbour is a friend

    ABBA - Happy New Year

    How do you make the distinction? I guess "a dream" is the suitable meaning here, and not "a view" because it is a song, a poetry, it is not like this sentence:

    I had only a momentary vision of the sea while climbed the mountain.

    Yet, to wish real world that is so much friendly is even more good wishing, so "view" meaning can even be more suitable for this piece of poetry. I therefore decided to clarify with you the real meaning.

    Thanks.

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    Re: May we all have a vision of a world where every neighbour is a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Kolridg View Post
    I had only a momentary vision view of the sea while climbed climbing the mountain.
    In the song, vision is metaphorical, not literal. It could be replaced by "dream" with little difference in meaning.

    "Vision" doesn't work in the sample sentence. I've corrected it above.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: May we all have a vision of a world where every neighbour is a friend

    Dreams usually happen when one is asleep (although "I have a dream" refers to a desire, not a sleeping dream), but a vision usually happens when one is awake.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: May we all have a vision of a world where every neighbour is a friend

    It doesn't have to mean one or the other—it means both.

    When you have a dream (whether the 'sleep' kind or the 'wish' kind), it counts as a vision because you necessarily see in your mind's eye the thing you're thinking of. That's the case here. It's a view of the world you wish to come true.

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