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    Default Tdol-Quizzes for wish

    I wish they ____ keep the noise down next door.

    would
    could


    Did I ask you this one before? The key is "would". They are able to keep the noise down but they don't want to. So here "willingness" is the reason that explains "would." Using "could" is a bit funny because they really can!


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    Default Re: Tdol-Quizzes for wish

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    I wish they ____ keep the noise down next door.

    http://www.usingenglish.com/images/tickbox.gif would
    http://www.usingenglish.com/images/tickbox.gif could


    Did I ask you this one before? The key is "would". They are able to keep the noise down but they don't want to. So here "willingness" is the reason that explains "would." Using "could" is a bit funny because they really can!


    Tizzling Tzyli
    Remnants of the Subjunctive: I wish they would, but they won't.

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    Default Re: Tdol-Quizzes for wish

    Thanks, Cassie. I see your point. Do you understand mine? Am I correct?

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    Default Re: Tdol-Quizzes for wish

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Thanks, Cassie. I see your point. Do you understand mine? Am I correct?
    Yes, and yes. I agree.

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    Default Re: Tdol-Quizzes for wish

    ho ho ho he he he aarrrrhhhh I.....i...i....see. Thanks a million!

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