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"I", "I'd" and "I had" questions [duplicate]

I wanted to know if the sentence "I wish I understood." is correct. I couldn't find any similar uses online, I always find uses with anothers words or "I'd" or "I had" ...
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Structure with Wish statements about future events: past perfect or past?

Could you please explain the difference between these two sentences? The weekend has flown by; I wish it wasn't Monday tomorrow. The weekend has flown by; I wish it hadn't been Monday tomorrow.
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"Would" in subordinate clauses after wish-constructions

I'm reading about the correct usage of wish-constructions, and my English grammar book says:"Would + infinitive may be found in the subordinate clause only if the subjects in the clauses are ...
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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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"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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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 [closed]

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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"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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Wish + tense agreement + subordinate clause

I wish I knew what he did/does for a living I wish I knew what he had/has bought her I wish I knew what he would/will do in this case I wish I'd known what he had done for a living I wish I'd known ...
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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.) ...
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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 ...
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