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    eduberti is offline Newbie
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    I wish vs I hope

    Can somebody explain the difference in use of wish and hope? Thanks a lot!

    Eduardo

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    Re: I wish vs I hope

    They are very similar but wish is mainly used with the conditional or subjunctive.

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    Re: I wish vs I hope

    Use wish that (+ past/past perfect tense) for things that cannot happen or will probably not happen: 'I wish I hadn't told them my address.' 'I wish you could stay here longer.' (= this will probably not happen)
    Use hope that (+ present/present perfect tense) for things that may easily happen or may easily have happened: 'I hope you've had a successful trip.' 'We hope you all have a very merry Christmas.'When wish is used for this meaning, the object is a noun phrase (NOT a that clause): 'I wish you a safe journey.' 'We'd like to wish you all a very merry Christmas.'

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