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    countable/uncountable

    I need your help.I don't know if those sentences are correct(my grammar book says they are):
    We had a heatwave last week.
    (but natural phenomena should be uncountable)
    I had such a bad headache.(again)
    I need a rest.(it sounds ok but...)

    And one more thing:
    A:I wish Mark....(stop) playing his music so loudly.
    B:Why don't you ask him to turn it down?
    Why 'I wish he stopped' is not correct?He may be playing his music at the moment of speaking.

    A:If only it....(stop)raining.
    B:Yes.Then we could go for a walk.
    Again 'stopped' is not correct.

    I simply don't know why I can't use past simple in this case(the structure is used when we want to say that we would like something to be different in the present.I think that both 'would'(used to express our desire for a change in a situation or someone's behaviour) and 'stopped' should be correct.

    Thanks in advance

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    Smile Re: countable/uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by blueberry777 View Post
    I need your help.I don't know if those sentences are correct(my grammar book says they are):
    We had a heatwave last week. heatwave is a count noun
    (but natural phenomena should be uncountable)
    I had such a bad headache.(again) again, headache is a count noun
    I need a rest.(it sounds ok but...) this can be either a count or non-count noun

    And one more thing:
    A:I wish Mark....(stop) playing his music so loudly.
    B:Why don't you ask him to turn it down?
    Why 'I wish he stopped' is not correct?He may be playing his music at the moment of speaking.

    A:If only it....(stop)raining.
    B:Yes.Then we could go for a walk.
    Again 'stopped' is not correct. It's because you want somebody or something to change, but actually you can't do anything about it; it's more of a request rather than a statement of facts

    I simply don't know why I can't use past simple in this case(the structure is used when we want to say that we would like something to be different in the present.I think that both 'would'(used to express our desire for a change in a situation or someone's behaviour) and 'stopped' should be correct.

    Thanks in advance

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    Smile Re: countable/uncountable

    Thanks

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    Re: countable/uncountable

    Say:
    I wish Mark would stop playing his music so loudly.
    If only it would stop raining.
    These are conditional sentences expressing a wish, desire or hope. Past tense does not apply here.


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    Re: countable/uncountable

    I wish mark stopped playing his music so loudly.
    If only it stopped stop raining.

    conditional clauses expressing a desire or wish (british english)

    (Not an english teacher)

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    Re: countable/uncountable

    If only it would stop raining we could go for a walk.

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    Re: countable/uncountable

    Give me some more sentences to work with.

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    Smile Re: countable/uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by venkatasu View Post
    I wish mark stopped playing his music so loudly.
    If only it stopped stop raining.

    conditional clauses expressing a desire or wish (british english)

    (Not an english teacher)
    I wish it didn't rain so much in this town. (it rains a lot; it's a fact)
    vs
    I wish it would stop raining. (it's raining now, and I'm complaining about it)

    I wish Mark didn't play his music so loudly. (Mark always plays his music loudly; it's a fact)
    vs
    I wish Mark would stop playing his music so loudly. (I'm complaining about Mark's playing his music loudly)


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    Re: countable/uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by blueberry777 View Post

    I simply don't know why I can't use past simple in this case(the structure is used when we want to say that we would like something to be different in the present.
    Use Past only for "Situations" when you regret that a situation is not as you would like it to be.
    Situation: I wish I had a car.
    Action or Changes: I wish somone would buy me a car.


    I think that both 'would'(used to express our desire for a change in a situation or someone's behaviour) and 'stopped' should be correct.
    No, it is not.

    Thanks in advance
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