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tw   Taiwan

could have.... could be...

January 08 at 06:15

Mother: Oh, my Karen, my baby, all grown up. I so wish your father could have been here today. I wish he could have seen you.

I don't understand why she used "could + have + past participle" in the situation (her daughter's wedding).

I thought the sentence would or should be like,

"I wish your father were here." Or

"I wish your father could be here".

I'm confused now.

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