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    I wish i had more time.
    I wish i have more time.

    Are both of they correct? if so why? How would i use them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    I wish i had more time.
    I wish i have more time.

    Are both of they correct? if so why? How would i use them?
    I wish I had more time.
    I wish I didn't have more time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    I wish i had more time.
    I wish i have more time.

    Are both of they correct? if so why? How would i use them?
    The use of "wish" and "hope" is very confusing to many learners.

    The verb wish is used to state a situation that is desired but is not true. We use the past tense for unreal situations.

    "I wish I had more time" can be used for a present unreal condition, even though we use a past tense verb.

    If we use the present tense "have", we use the verb "hope". This indicates a situation which is not yet known but can be real.

    I hope I have more time.

    I wish I had more time to complete this test. [The speaker knows that his time is running out. He wishes that it wasn't true.]

    I hope I have more time to complete this test. [The speaker is not sure about the time. He expresses a hope that he actually has more time left.]

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    I wished I had more time to complete this test. <--when would i use this sentence?

    I hoped I have more time to complete this test. <-- in this sentence incorrect? if it is not, how would i use this sentence?

    is this setnence correct?
    I hoped I had more time to complete this test. When would i use this sentence?

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    I wished I had more time to complete this test. <--when would i use this sentence?
    You would use that to express a past wish about having more time.

    I wish (now) I had more time....
    I wished (then) I ha more time...

    I hoped I have more time to complete this test. <-- in this sentence incorrect? if it is not, how would i use this sentence?
    No, it isn't correct. You are trying to put "I hope I have more time" into the past. This is difficult, because you only are worried about the time during the test. If you had a hope in the past about the amount of time, it has to be stated differently.

    I (had) hoped I would have have more time for this test. (before the test)
    I had hoped I would have had more time for this test). (after the test)

    is this setnence correct?
    I hoped I had more time to complete this test. When would i use this sentence?
    This would be better as: I (had) hoped I would have had....

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    i would never say "i wish i have" right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    i would never say "i wish i have" right?
    That is correct. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    i would never say "i wish i have" right?
    That is correct.

    You can say "I wish to have..."

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    I wish to had a car. <--this sentence is wrong, why?
    I wished to had a car. <--this sentence is wrong, why? why can't i use double pass tense when i am talking past tense? what kind of sentence error is that and rule? so i can look it up and understand why it should not be like that. can you also explain me to why it should not be like that too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    I wish to had a car. <--this sentence is wrong, why?
    I wished to had a car. <--this sentence is wrong, why? why can't i use double pass tense when i am talking past tense? what kind of sentence error is that and rule? so i can look it up and understand why it should not be like that. can you also explain me to why it should not be like that too?
    In the phrase "I wish to have", "to have" is an infinitive. An infinitive is always the base form of a verb; it has no tense. To put the phrase in the past tense, chnage "wish" to "wished". :wink:

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