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    Please, help me understand the difference between the following sentences:
    1. I would like to have a car / I wish I had a car.

    In the sentence: "Is it less dangerous to live in the countryside or in the city"? Instead of "to", could I have used "living"? Why (not)?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emanuelli
    Please, help me understand the difference between the following sentences:
    1. I would like to have a car / I wish I had a car.

    In the sentence: "Is it less dangerous to live in the countryside or in the city"? Instead of "to", could I have used "living"? Why (not)?

    Thanks.
    I would like to have a car. - that's just a plain statement that you would like to have a car.
    I wish I had a car. - there is more than just a statement here. You in fact express some longing or a deep heartfelt desire to have a car.

    As for your second question, here is what you can do with the word "living" and still preserve the same meaning:

    Is it less dangerous living in the countryside or living in the city.
    or
    Is it less dangerous living in the countryside than in the city?

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