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    Default would-stative verbs

    Hello,

    Normally, we can't use the 'stative verbs' with would If we will use 'would' with 'would = used to' .

    For example:
    When I was a child, I would have a friend. (It is incorrect)

    But,

    I would like to know whether we can use it with 'would = wish' .

    I wish you would have a car like that. (Is it correct?)

    And my second question is: Do we have another situation like that?

    Thank you
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    I wish you would have a car like that. (Is it correct?)
    This doesn't work for me- I'd use I wish you had/could have.

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    Default Re: would-stative verbs

    You could say "I wish you would get a car like that".

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    Default Re: would-stative verbs

    Does it mean that we can't you the verbs with would like that : have -be- want-belong- ....etc ?

    I wish you would belong to a car like that next week....

    Is that ok?

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    Default Re: would-stative verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by eliff View Post
    I wish you would belong to a car like that next week....

    Is that ok?
    Doubly no.

    The car belongs to you; you own the car.

    Neither is appropriate in an 'I wish you would' sentence.

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    Default Re: would-stative verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by eliff View Post
    Does it mean that we can't you the verbs with would like that : have -be- want-belong- ....etc ?

    I wish you would belong to a car like that next week....

    Is that ok?
    "I wish you would belong to a car" is incorrect. "To belong" means ownership but in your sentence it means that the car would own the person!

    I wish you would buy a car like that.
    I wish you would get a car like that.

    I hope you buy a car like that next week.
    I hope you get a car like that next week.

    We don't usually use "wish" with expressions of time. For that, we use "hope".

    I wish I had a cat.
    I hope I get a cat next week.

    He wishes he were thinner.
    He hopes to be thinner by January.

    They wish it weren't raining.
    They hope it won't rain tomorrow.

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    Default Re: would-stative verbs

    Sorry but I could't explain the situation about would.

    I would like to know that whether we can use 'have, be, want, belong,...etc' the stative verbs like them with would=wish.

    For example;

    I wish you would be at home.

    or

    I wish you would want to buy that car.

    Thanks

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