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Questions tagged [wish-preterit]

for questions using "wish" to express a hypothetical (imaginary) situation or to express regret about a past action that did not happen.

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“I wish I won the lottery”, standard or not?

Having read some threads on another English learners site, I noticed that there was a disagreement as to whether "I wish I won the lottery" is correct or not. Some mention it is perfectly normal and ...
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I wish my father “were having the stuff” or “was having the stuff”? [duplicate]

"I wish my father were having the stuff" or "I wish my father was having the stuff" .. "And what if I wish my father having the stuff", is that bring different time definition? Thank you..
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Does “wish to do something” really mean want to do or surely doing?

In a reply of my letter I found the writer wrote: We wish to advise you that the product you purchased is 100% genuine. I am a bit confused about the "wish to advise" as it makes me think that the ...
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“Wish” in the Passive [closed]

If we make the subordinate clause in "I wish he were here" nonfinite we get "I wish him to be here", right? Can we then change the voice? What I mean is can "He is wished to be here" be grammatical ...
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If Only / I wish + I were to + perfect infinitive

I was wondering if I might say "If only I were to have been more polite" having the same meaning of "If only I had been more polite"
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I wish … would

In a grammar book I read that I wish + would is mostly used in negative sentences. My question now is if those expressions are both correct or there is a mistake: I wish she had a car. I wish she ...
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How do we control the “Wish Agreement” when changing “wish” to “wished”?

I remembered that I learned this 20 years ago, but now couldn't find any information relating to it even searching the entire internet. Ok, Here is how to use Wish (source) Wish + (that) + past ...
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Is it correct to say: 'I wish I would (not) do something!'?

If the verb 'wish' and the verb that follows it do not have the same subjects, you can either say I wish you didn't chew gum in class! or I wish you wouldn't chew gum in class! if you want to ...
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The difference between 'wish I will be' and 'wish to be'

For example: I wish I will be an Engineer. I wish to be an Engineer. is there any difference between the two sentences?
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I wish you would have died… vs. I wish you had died [duplicate]

I was watching an episode of the Arrow TV series and I came across the following sentence: Tommy (to Oliver): I wish you would have died on that island. I know Americans tend to use constructions ...
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Which is correct “I wished I was a painter” or “I wished I were a painter”? [duplicate]

Which is correct "I wished I was a painter" or "I wished I were a painter"? I've seen in several places that "I wish I were a painter" and "I wish I was a painter" are both correct (e.g. Which one is ...
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Is “I wish I had one of those …” correctly used in the following sentence?

Sex Education Club? I wish I had one of those when I was a student. The bolded part actually means, I wish my university had had one of those so I could have joined . . . But I picked I wish I had ...
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I wish I would and sequence of tenses

Let us suppose we want to say that we want to resume practicing a language before we forget it absolutely. So we will say: I wish I would resume ... before ... And what after before? Can we use the ...
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Using the subjunctive without “that”

One purpose of that is to “express a wish or regret.” Even so, can that be removed from the following sentence and still leave it OK? It is crucial that you be there before Tom arrives.
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Subjunctive and conditionals

This is another subjunctive and conditional question. I am interested in the formal, even archaic, uses, not just the modern uses (I am given to understand that the subjunctive is disappearing from ...
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Present perfect in subjunctive past tense (I wish I had done)?

It's an exercise, imagine you're in the situation, and write a sentence with "I wish". the situation is: "You've painted the gate red. Now you think that it doesn't look very nice." Because it's ...
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Changing the meaning of sentence by grammar

I would like to ask for meaning of the two following sentence, and whether or not is the grammar correct. Please check my suggestions both "sentences" and meanings. "I wish I never met you." - I met ...
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Usage of “wish” in a sentence [closed]

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 OR I wish you ...
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Can one say: “I wish magazines and newspapers would contain less ads.”? [closed]

I can say “I wish prices would go down”, but what about similar sentences that have an inanimate subject after 'wish'? For example, “I wish magazines and newspapers would contain fewer ads.” Can one ...
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“I wish I would wake up early”

Is this sentence correct? I wish I would wake up early Some grammar rules say that would shouldn't be used when its subject is the same as wish subject. It ‘would be illogical’, the rule says. ...
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Meaning of “I would there were…”?

What is the meaning of "I would there were", as in this quote from Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale"? I would there were no age between sixteen and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out ...
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Can the verb “wish + that clause” express open possibility?

We often use "wish + that clause" to express a past/present counterfactual statement or a future unlikely event (i.e. remote possibility): I wish I hadn't quit my job. (But I quit my job.) I ...
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How can I say I regret something in the past tense?

How to say you should do something in the past but you did not. Is this a correct usage? I had to finish my homework. Are there any soft versions?
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Using “wish” to express regret in the present and in the past

I wish I have been there for the baby kicking for the first time? Could I change the sentence to I wish I was there for the baby kicking for the first time? What are the differences between the ...
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When should we use “can”, “could”, “will”, “would”?

Most people say I wish I could, I wish you would. Can we use I wish I can, I wish you will? I'd like to know what the main differences between the usage of can/will and could/would are when ...