I want to make a sentence with "wish".

If someone is leaving tomorrow and I want him not to leave. What sentence should be correct using "wish":

I wish you were not leaving tomorrow


I wish you would not leave tomorrow.

  • Both are correct uses of "wish" and basically say the same thing. – Kristina Lopez Mar 4 '14 at 19:13
  • Furthermore, at the time of writing this comment the question has been starred by 4 people. It shows there is interest in this question. – Nico Mar 5 '14 at 7:19
  • What makes me wrong @Nico? Those sentences are perfectly grammatical and correct. – Kristina Lopez Mar 5 '14 at 7:21
  • The typical example is that we shouldn't say "I wish I wouldn’t eat so much chocolate". We should say instead "I wish I didn’t eat so much chocolate". – Nico Mar 5 '14 at 7:30
  • @KristinaLopez, I've removed one of my comments an rephrased so as not to make it personal – Nico Mar 5 '14 at 10:57

I think both sentences are grammatically correct.

In my opinion, I prefer the first one, "I wish you weren't leaving tomorrow", or making a little change to second sentence,"I wish you would stay tomorrow".


yup both the sentences are correct and are green to use. But I suggest the use of second one because leaving is an action which is to be performed by a person and you want that person to not perform this action instead of the event of leaving. So better to use 2nd sentence to emphasize the action.

another option is to say: "How I wish you don't leave tomorrow."

Else both are correct.


Both sentences are grammatically correct but they have different meanings:

I wish you weren't leaving tomorrow

In this case, you express your regret that something is happening in the future.

I wish you would not leave tomorrow

But in this case, what you regret is that the other person wants to leave the day after.

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    +1 I also think the second carries more of a plea for them to stay. – WS2 Mar 4 '14 at 12:38
  • Why the downvote? – Nico Mar 5 '14 at 6:58

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