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does it have a similar meaning to "が、ので etc." which basically make the sentence "softer" and imply something that isn't stated but that should be obvious to the listener?

something like "though" in English.

2 examples:

  • 彼が出て行けばいいのに。
  • あの建物さえなければ、きれいな景色が見えるのに。
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    Can you post some example sentences that you've seen with this? – istrasci Mar 13 '15 at 2:21
  • I don't remember any right now, I found this two in another question though. *edited – Draken Mar 13 '15 at 3:01
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のに at the end of a sentence can be rendered as something like "if only it weren't the case that ~"

From your examples:

彼が出て行けばいいのに。 (Aw man, it would have been so good had he gone)

あの建物さえなければ、きれいな景色が見えるのに。 (If only that building weren't there, we could see the beautiful scenery)

A~ いいのに is a fairly common usage, "would have been good if [only] ~A"

It usually reflects a state of regret or longing, or an improvement that can be made on the scene or experience. Hope that helps.

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    It would be helpful if you explained what parts of speech in what conjugated forms could directly proceed 「のに」. – l'électeur Mar 13 '15 at 15:31
  • I understand now, thanks. I guess it wasn't the same as "が、ので ending a sentence then. :p – Draken Mar 13 '15 at 22:47

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