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    Question You may wish

    Hi all,

    Although I think I understand what "you may wish to" means, I feel there may be some nuances underlying it. Are there indeed?

    An example: "You may wish to add your supervisor's name to that paper," or "You may wish too read John Kaaplan's book," or anything of this sort.

    Thanks,
    Nyggus


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    Re: You may wish

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    Hi all,

    Although I think I understand what "you may wish to" means, I feel there may be some nuances underlying it. Are there indeed?

    An example: "You may wish to add your supervisor's name to that paper," or "You may wish to read John Kaaplan's book," or anything of this sort.

    Thanks,
    Nyggus
    Both of these uses of "you may wish to" mean the same thing. The speaker is mildly suggesting that you do something. It is not a strong request or demand (unless the words are said in a stressed tone)...you could refuse to do what is requested, but probably it would be in your best interest to do as requested.

    I cannot think of a context where "You may wish to" has a different meaning, but there might be one.

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