"I wish I could be there" , "I wish I were there" , "I wish I could do that", etc. in Japanese is "______れば/けべ/ければ/いべ_____たいと思っています" ? Does it follow this pattern? And is there any other ways to relay the feeling of "I wish_____" in Japanese?

  • Not a good answer, but I have also seen the following: ______ならばよかった(なー) as in, it would be great if___, which has a similar feel – ajsmart Jan 16 '18 at 19:18
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    れば/けべ/ければ/いべ_____たい -- 「けべ」「いべ」って何ですか? – Chocolate Jan 17 '18 at 0:56

There are a few ways to express this, with the _____なら/なければいいのに form being frequently used colloquially. 行かなければよかったのに... もっと背が高かったらいいのに.. etc. This form shows regret for not doing/being something.

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