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I am a non-native speaker.

Consider a couple whose wish to have children only recently has ...

Well, what? What verb should I use to describe the development of a wish?

developed sounds to formal in my opinion.

I could think of emerged, too, but it just doesn't sound right as well.

A phrase would be fine, too. This is needed for a work of fiction.

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    ". . . has only recently arisen." – Robusto Jul 26 '15 at 10:29
  • @Robusto thank you. On a side note, would the clause position you just proposed (has only recently instead of only recently has) be more correct? – Wottensprels Jul 26 '15 at 10:32
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    Either will do. The way I gave it sounds better to my ear, but your mileage may vary. – Robusto Jul 26 '15 at 11:32
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    Wishes "come to fruition," or "manifest." – michael_timofeev Jul 26 '15 at 12:02
  • "come to fruition"means to happen as intended, which is why it's used for wishes. "Manifest" means to make real. The definition for "arisen" that means "to become real" is the 6th definition. Most people use the word to mean rise from a chair or get up. It will sound odd if used. – michael_timofeev Jul 26 '15 at 12:06
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I would say "surfaced".

  • "a couple whose wish to have children has only recently surfaced."

"surface", an intransitive verb in your sentence.

  • to appear or become obvious after being hidden or not seen. MW

e.g.

"The information surfaced many years later."

"As new information surfaced, the police had to change their strategy."

"She tried to bottle up her hatred. It worked for a few years but then all those feelings surfaced within her."

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