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    #1

    wish/pity

    Hi

    Does the sentence: I wish you were here mean the same as It's a pity you're not here?

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    Re: wish/pity

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Does the sentence: I wish you were here mean the same as It's a pity you're not here?

    thanks
    Be careful! Let's see: It is a pity means "used for saying that you are disappointed about something". I guess you are right

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    Re: wish/pity

    I really don't think so.

    Maybe it's a pity for ME if I wish you were here, but "it's a pity" carries a sense of sorrow about the overall condition of things, compared to "I wish," which just expresses a desire that isn't met.

    One person might say, "I wish we could have ice cream for breakfast" but a nutritionist would not agree that it's a pity he didn't!

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