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What is a correct way to say it: I hope you live for many years. or I hope you will live for many years?
I am really confused by it since I've seen quotes of famous writers that said live but an English teacher I know says it is not the correct way.

Edit: a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald:

I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

  • Please show those sentences where you have seen it. – kuldeep May 8 '14 at 7:17
  • I'd like to second @kuldeep — please show us one of these quotes from a famous writer! Out of context, either of these phrases sounds a little odd/Jedi. – 568ml May 8 '14 at 7:28
  • I'd not ellipt so far: I hope you live a life you're proud of. And I hope that if you find you're not doing, you will have the strength to start all over again. – Edwin Ashworth May 8 '14 at 9:54
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Given the right context, the following versions all work:

A: "I had a bit of health scare recently. Thankfully it turned out I didn't have lung cancer after all".

B: "That's great news -- I hope you live for many years".

"That's great news -- I hope you will live for many years".

"That's great news -- I hope you live many years".

"That's great news -- I hope you will live many years".

As the examples given above show, when a statement expresses a wish that something will happen in the future, the inclusion of will is optional because it is implied in the wish. For is also optional, for the same reason.

But note that the subject/verb number agreement may need to be adjusted. Compare:

1) "I hope you live [for] many years". [No adjustment necessary -- the verb form for the present indicative of live is the same as the infinitive for both singular you and plural you.]

2a) "I hope he lives [for] many years".

2b) "I hope he will live [for] many years". [Adjustment needed -- the present indicative verb form for the second person singular adds -s to the infinitive (lives versus live).]

  • Long live the king! – oerkelens May 8 '14 at 8:23
  • But I'm anti-royalist! :-) – Erik Kowal May 8 '14 at 8:25
  • Great answer, thank you very much for the explanation! – heuels May 8 '14 at 8:55
  • You're very welcome! :-) – Erik Kowal May 8 '14 at 9:23

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