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    Default I wish I had been a bird.// I wished I were a bird // I wished I had been a bird.

    1. I wish I were a bird = I'm sorry that I'm not a bird.

    2. I wish I had been a bird = I'm sorry that I was not a bird.

    3. I wished I were a bird

    4. I wished I had been a bird.


    First of all I want to know 3 and 4 are grammatical and make sense.

    If they are. how can we transform these sentences into indicative mood?


    Can sentence 3 be transformed 5 or 6?

    3. I wished I were a bird =>

    5. I was sorry that I'm not a bird (?)

    6. I was sorry that I was not a bird (?)


    Which one between 7 and 8 is a transformation of sentence 4?

    4. I wished I had been a bird. =>

    7. I was sorry that I was not a bird.

    8. I was sorry that I had not been a bird.

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    Default Re: I wish I had been a bird.// I wished I were a bird // I wished I had been a bird.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. I wish I were a bird = I'm sorry that I'm not a bird.

    2. I wish I had been a bird = I'm sorry that I was not a bird.

    3. I wished I were a bird

    4. I wished I had been a bird.


    First of all I want to know 3 and 4 are grammatical and make sense. Yes.

    If they are. how can we transform these sentences into indicative mood?


    Can sentence 3 be transformed 5 or 6?

    3. I wished I were a bird =>

    5. I was sorry that I'm not a bird (?)

    6. I was sorry that I was not a bird (?) <- You back shift 'am' to 'was'


    Which one between 7 and 8 is a transformation of sentence 4?

    4. I wished I had been a bird. =>

    7. I was sorry that I was not a bird.

    8. I was sorry that I had not been a bird.
    The last one is difficult to tell without a context, but I think 7 would be correct in most contexts even if the past perfect was correct. With more information, eg. "I wished I had been a bird in a previous life", the past perfect makes sense.

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