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what does it mean when a sentence ends with ~ばいいのに?

Example sentence: そんなに聞いてほしいなら言えばいいのに

and what does のに mean at the end of sentences?

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そんなに聞いてほしいなら言えばいいのに

It can mean "If you want to be heard (or, want your story heard, want me to listen to you) so much, you should just say so. / why don't you just say so?"

~~ばいいのに can mean "You should do~~ (but you haven't done so)" or "You should have done~~ (but you didn't do so)" (cf. past tense ~ばよかったのに。)

Example:

「君も来ればいいのに。」 "You should come, too."


As you may already know, 「~ばいいのに」 can also express the speaker's wish, usually counterfactual. E.g.

「上手に英語が話せればいいのに。」 "I wish I could speak English fluently."


For more usages of (~ば/たら いい)のに at the end of sentences, please refer to:

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そんなに聞いてほしいなら言えばいいのに

"If you want me to understand, you better say it."
〜いいのに。 expressing the wishes.
のに also adds feeling of dissatisfaction, sadness or complaint.

For example:

「ごめん、明日仕事でデートに行けなくなった。」「楽しみにしていたのに。」

「今日ご飯外で食べてきた。」「え、電話してくれたらよかったのに。」

「あんなに勉強したのに、試験に落ちてしまった。」 

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