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    i wish ?

    Hello Teacher, what are the difference between (1) and (2). In what situations do you use (2)? we use (2) when the event has already happened?

    1) I wish I could be there

    2) I wish I could have been there.

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    Re: i wish ?

    1. The event is in the future.

    2. The event was in the past.

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    Re: i wish ?

    I agree with J & K Tutuoring in most contexts.

    It's possible that #1 could refer to the present - My daughter is getting married at this very moment. I wish I could be there.

    It's also just about possible that #2 could refer to the present - My daughter is getting married at this ver moment. I wish I could have been there. (ie: I wish I had been able to get there.)

    As we so often say, context will usually make the meaning clear.

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