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    Dear teachers,

    1) Would you please tell me if the following sentences are correct and if they have different meanings:

    a) I wish you WOULD COME to my party.
    b) I wish you COME to my party.
    c) I wish you CAME to my party.

    “Please come to my party.” (sentence transformation) =
    I wish you would come to my party OR I wish you come to my party ?

    2) when do we use the present subjunctive after "wish" and expressions followed by "that" and when do we use "should + infinitive"?

    Your help is very much appreciated.
    Best regards,
    Hela

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    Quote Originally Posted by hela
    Dear teachers,

    1) Would you please tell me if the following sentences are correct and if they have different meanings:

    a) I wish you WOULD COME to my party.
    b) I wish you COME to my party.
    c) I wish you CAME to my party.
    Sentences a and c are correct. The verb in b must be "hope".
    A expresses a hope for the future. In C, the party is over and the listener missed it. The past perfect would be better there, in my opinion.
    I wish you had come to my party.

    “Please come to my party.” (sentence transformation) =
    I wish you would come to my party OR I wish you come to my party ?
    The first.

    2) when do we use the present subjunctive after "wish" and expressions followed by "that" and when do we use "should + infinitive"?
    I am having a difficult time coming up with a present subjunctive after "wish that". We use the past subjunctive quiote often for things that we wish were true but aren't. I also don't use "should + infinitive" after "wish that", but a Brit might. :wink:

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    I agree with Mike. Say:
    • I wish you had come to my party.

    "I wish you came to my party" doesn't make sense to me. The use of "would come" in this context indicates desire; the used of "had come" indicates disappointment.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I agree with Mike. Say:
    • I wish you had come to my party.

    "I wish you came to my party" doesn't make sense to me. The use of "would come" in this context indicates desire; the used of "had come" indicates disappointment.

    :)
    Good explanation. People do use the simple past there, but it grates on my ear. :x

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