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    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    This is not the end of the discussion, Corum. We are in the middle of something. Anyway, I really appreciate your help - I really do - so chill out, please.

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    Chill out? You jest!

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    We are in the middle of something.
    We = ? That 'we' surely does not include me.

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    I would rather you would stop criticizing me behind my back.
    I wish you would stop...

    Both sentences are definitely grammatical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Let's see what Mr. Michael Swan says in his Practical English

    Usage:

    BUT

    I WISH (that) you WOULD stop smoking.
    Which PEU do you have? I am holding it in my hand. In his Practical English Usage, there is no 'but' and no example sentence that you proposed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    Which PEU do you have? I am holding it in my hand. In his Practical English Usage, there is no 'but' and no example sentence that you proposed.

    PEU (1995 edition)

    The "but" was my original contribution.

    The "wish" sentence is in section 601 on page 628.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    PEU (1995 edition)

    The "but" was my original contribution.
    Oh, I think you should have communicated that. IMO there is no 'but'. BTW, I have the same edition.

    We can use 'would rather' to say that a person would prefer somebody to do something.
    Does the proposition above go against our sentence:

    I would rather you would stop criticizing me,?

    No. So far we are okay.

    We use a special structure with past tense:

    would rather + subject + past tense
    Does this agree with the sentence? Again, yes!

    To talk about past actions, a past perfect tense is possible.
    I would rather you had not done that.
    However this kind of idea (past action and past perfect) is usually expressed with 'I wish (see 630).

    I wish I had not done that.
    You see, that is how Swan introduces the usage of 'wish' into the matter at hand.

    I would rather you would stop criticizing me.
    Does the sentence violate any rule of grammar in English? No! Is it well-formed then? Yes!

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