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Some Things I wish I hadn`t Said to My Girlfriend

Introduction

In the following text you are going to learn more about regrets and what tenses should
In the following text you are going to learn more about regrets and what tenses should be
used
in
that case.
The text
also provides
you
with
an
opportunity to expand your
vocabulary.
wish I did not spend time on writing things like these, but I have to get this out of my
system ...
I
Last evening, while browsing through the clothes at my favourite boutique, I ran into my ex
girlfriend. There is no bad blood between us and it was good to see her, but the experience
was a trigger for my thoughts about my dating past. While I was at another boutique, I
came across some t-shirts which had funny messages printed on them. That brought to my
mind the messages my girlfriend used to send me and I came up with some things I wish I
had said, or not said, to exes, recent and from the distant past.
I
wish I'd said less about your appearance, more about your ideas.
I
wish I had said less about my exes - that was stupid. And a little mean.
I
wish I'd said nicer things about your messages; they weren’t that bad.
I
wish I'd never said "I love you" when we were drunk. You were right; I didn't mean it and
it did not sound genuine.
wish I'd said "I look ridiculous in these" when you told me to buy those yellow leather
shoes. I did. I've worn them only once, and everybody thought I looked like an idiot.
I
I
wish I'd said "no" when you asked for money. That was not the kind of help you needed.
I
wish I’d been more straightforward about my pet allergy - I couldn't bear the sight of your
pets every day we were together.
wish I had told you why I was mad in some situations because your assumptions and the
assumptions of your friends ruined my life.
I
I
wish I hadn't said those hopeful things about us and the future while we were breaking up
-that was pathetic.
  • I wish I'd said it over the phone - I thought you needed to hear it in person, but it was cruel to make you wait.

  • I wish I'd said less. I was worried you wouldn't think I was interesting.

46.1. I wish ... Vocabulary Nouns (imenice): Verbs (glagoli): trigger – okidač bad blood – zla
46.1. I wish ...
Vocabulary
Nouns (imenice):
Verbs (glagoli):
trigger – okidač
bad blood – zla krv
experience – iskustvo
appearance – izgled
assumption – pretpostavka
browse – pretraživati, pregledati
run into – naleteti na
come across – nabasati, naići na
bring to mind – podsetiti
break up – raskinuti (vezu)
bear – podnositi
ruin – uništiti
tease – zadirkivati
Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
dating – zabavljanje
distant – dalji, udaljen
mean – zao, zločest
genuine – iskren, pravi
hopeful – pun nade
pathetic – patetičan
ridiculous – smešan
straightforward – iskren
in person – lično
cruel – okrutan
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Tabela 46.1.

Synonyms

Nouns (imenice): Verbs (glagoli): bad blood – animosity, animus experience – knowledge, understanding, practice, skill appearance
Nouns (imenice):
Verbs (glagoli):
bad blood – animosity, animus
experience – knowledge, understanding,
practice, skill
appearance – look, appearing
assumption – presumption, theory,
opinion, belief, guess, expectation
browse – look for, search, seek
run into – meet
come across – meet
bring to mind – remember
break up – part, split, split up, separate,
break
bear – put up with
ruin – destroy, devastate, wreck, demolish
tease – mock, provoke, taunt
Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
distant – far, remote
mean – unpleasant, rude, unfriendly
genuine – authentic, real, original
hopeful – optimistic, promising,
encouraging
pathetic – inadequate
ridiculous – stupid, silly, outrageous,
absurd, foolish
straightforward – honest, open, direct,
sincere
in person – personally
cruel – brutal, inhuman
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Tabela 46.2
Conclusion
Regret is an emotional reaction to our past acts and behaviour.
In
the
English
language we use past tense forms to talk about wishes for the present. We use the
past perfect to talk about wishes for the past.
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