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So, which of the following sentences would be the correct answer?

I wish Joe would close the door after he LEFT.

I wish Joe would close the door after he LEAVES.

I wish Joe would close the door after he LEAVE.

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  • Please look up the verb: to leave. – Lambie Oct 27 '18 at 17:39
  • when he leaves. – Hot Licks Oct 27 '18 at 17:46
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a) I wish Joe would close the door after he LEFT.

b) I wish Joe would close the door after he LEAVES.

c) I wish Joe would close the door after he LEAVES.


  • Obviously c) is wrong since "he" is a singular third person subjective pronoun, "leave" need an "s" here.


  • But this doesn't mean b) is literally correct. It may be acceptable for spoken English, but not for written English because of the phrase "I wish", which must be followed by "past tense" in order to make it assumptive.


  • a) I wish Joe would close the door after he left. is the right one
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    This is not correct. B is the only grammatical option. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Oct 28 '18 at 6:37
  • learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/… is my reference. – hbtpoprock Oct 28 '18 at 6:43
  • In this case, “I wish” is followed by a past tense form: would. That requirement does not extend to embedded clauses within the embedded clause. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Oct 28 '18 at 6:45
  • I thought you would use past tense for the whole sentence if it stated about hypotheses being not likely to happen in the future since the OP used the word "wish" instead of "hope". – hbtpoprock Oct 28 '18 at 6:49
  • No, that’s not how it works. If it’s a wish about the present or future, you keep the sentence in the present (or future) tense; only the verb that is directly governed by wish is shifted into the past tense. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Oct 28 '18 at 6:55

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