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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (used to express a desire)
a. hopefully
Escuché que mañana llega tu hijo. - ¡Ojalá!I heard that your son arrives tomorrow. - Hopefully!
b. if only
Dijeron que van a cancelar clases mañana por la nieve. - ¡Ojalá!They said classes will be canceled tomorrow because of the snow. - If only!
c. I hope so (first person singular)
Parece que hoy será un día lindo por fin. - ¡Ojalá!It looks like today will finally be a nice day. - I hope so!
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
2. (used to express a desire)
a. I wish (first person singular)
¡Ojalá no tuviera que ir!I wish I didn't have to go!
b. I hope (first person singular)
La propuesta estará lista para la 1 pm. - ¡Ojalá tengas razón!The proposal should be ready by 1 pm. - I hope you're right!
c. let's hope (first person plural)
¡Ojalá tengamos buen tiempo el fin de semana!Let's hope there's good weather this weekend!
d. if only
Ojalá te pudiera ver todos los días, mi amor.If only I could see you every day, my love.
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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (general)
¡ojalá!I hope so!
¡ojalá lo haga!I hope she does it!
¡ojalá fuera viernes!I wish it was Friday!
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—mañana puede que haga sol —¡ojalá! "it might be sunny tomorrow" — "I hope so!" o "I hope it will be!"; —¿te darán el trabajo? —¡ojalá! "will you get the job?" — "let's hope so!"
¡ojalá venga pronto! I wish he'd come!; I hope he comes soon!; ¡ojalá que gane la carrera! let's hope she wins the race!; —¿vendrás con nosotros? —¡ojalá pudiera! "will you come with us?" — "I wish I could!"; ¡ojalá pudiera andar de nuevo! if only he could walk again!
2 (Latinoamérica) (aunque) even though
no lo haré, ojalá me maten I won't do it even if they kill me
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