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    Default wish + past continuous tense

    Is 'wish' used correctly with the past continuous tense in the following sentences?

    I wish it had not been raining so frequently.

    I wish it had been raining more frequently.

    Are the sentences good examples of the usage? If not, could you provide me with a few examples sentences.

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: wish + past continuous tense

    As the past continuous refers to duration, the adverb phrase you use with it should also refer to duration. So neither of your sentences is right. This is:

    I wish it had not been raining for so long.

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    Default Re: wish + past continuous tense

    Thanks, BobK. I need to clarify the sentences with you.

    I wish it had not been raining so frequently. (I think I've made a mistake. The sentence is in the past perfect continuous tense, not past continuous tense. Correct me if I'm wrong.)

    I wish it had not been raining for so long. (I think this sentence is also in the past perfect continuous tense. Correct me if I'm wrong.)

    Now, I wonder whether 'wish' could be used with the past continuous tense.

    Thanks.


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    Default Re: wish + past continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Thanks, BobK. I need to clarify the sentences with you.

    I wish it had not been raining so frequently. (I think I've made a mistake. The sentence is in the past perfect continuous tense, not past continuous tense. Correct me if I'm wrong.)
    You're right about the tense - , sorry - but the sentence still doesn't work. The adverb needs to refer to how it is raining at the time of the wish; for example 'I wish it was not raining so heavily'.
    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I wish it had not been raining for so long. (I think this sentence is also in the past perfect continuous tense. Correct me if I'm wrong.)

    Now, I wonder whether 'wish' could be used with the past continuous tense.

    Thanks.


    It can - as in the example I've given.

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    Default Re: wish + past continuous tense

    Many thanks, BobK.

    You've given me a good example.

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