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"I wish" is a phrase which is often translated as "deseo", and "if only" is a phrase which is often translated as "si tan solo". Learn more about the difference between "I wish" and "if only" below.
I wish
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
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1. (general)
a. deseo
I wish you a happy birthday.Te deseo un feliz cumpleaños.
b. ojalá
I wish we could go back to how things were before.Ojalá pudiéramos volver a cómo eran las cosas antes.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
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1. (wishing for something)
a. si tan solo
If only I had caught the bus earlier, I would have made it to the theater on time.Si tan sólo hubiera subido al autobús más temprano, habría llegado al teatro a tiempo.
b. ojalá
If only my cat could talk!¡Ojalá mi gato pudiera hablar!
c. si solo
If only I'd worn my helmet, I wouldn't have gotten so badly hurt.Si sólo hubiera llevado mi casco, no me habría lastimado tanto.
2. (even if)
a. aunque sea
I wish I could see you again, if only for one night.Espero que pudiera verte de nuevo, aunque sea por una noche.
3. (giving a reason)
a. aunque más no sea
Tyrone is very sad right now, if only because his bike was stolen.Tyrone está muy triste ahora mismo, aunque más no sea porque su bici fue robado.
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