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    Post Can you help me?

    This is about grammar:
    SENTENCE TRANSFORMATION
    _ What a pity! He can't speak English.
    ==> He wishes he COULD SPEAK English.
    ==> He wishes he SPOKE English.

    Which one is correct? Why? Please give me an explanation.


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    Re: Can you help me?

    "He wishes he COULD SPEAK English." is the correct choice.
    This uses a present form of the verb.

    He wishes he SPOKE English. is incorrect because "spoke" is the past form on the verb.

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    Re: Can you help me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi_there_Carl View Post
    "He wishes he COULD SPEAK English." is the correct choice.
    This uses a present form of the verb.

    He wishes he SPOKE English. is incorrect because "spoke" is the past form on the verb.
    Carl, why would you say that? Could is past tense or conditional, not present.

    Both sentences are correct, but the first one is the correct transformation of the one given.

    cheers


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    Re: Can you help me?

    OK ... Whatever

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