View Poll Results: 'I wish' can be replaced in this example by....

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    Default I wish I hadn't done that.

    Why?

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    The person is expressing regrets. Both "if only" and "I wish" do that.

    :)

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    Default Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Why?
    If I hadn't've done that....
    If only I hadn't've done that....
    I wish I hadn't've done that.

    All express one's desire, or hope.

    Cas :D

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    Is 'hadn't've' common in Candian English? It is heard here, but not that widely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Is 'hadn't've' common in Candian English? It is heard here, but not that widely.
    Speakers tend to say,

    hadn't'[f]

    and spell,

    hadn't of :(


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    I wish I hadn't done that = I regret having done that
    If only I hadn't done that = I wish I hadn't done that

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    Default Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    'I wish' & 'If only' & 'If' with the right intonation.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If I hadn't've done that....
    If only I hadn't've done that....
    I wish I hadn't've done that.

    Using the auxiliary 'have' in these structures adds more feeling.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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    Default Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    The first variant is correct. If only I knew all the aswers that my fellows ask me! have a nice day!

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    Exclamation Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    it 's all the same some times , so what may be the difference?

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    Default Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    Quote Originally Posted by chamour View Post
    it 's all the same some times , so what may be the difference?

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