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    Wish/Want?

    Hi dear teachers and friends,


    Do these sentences convey different amount of archaism? I mean that is this true that the sentence with wish seems to have a slight hint of being archaic?


    1. I wish to go to the church.
    2. I want to go to the church.




    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Wish/Want?

    In my opinion, the difference lies in the degree of formality, in the amount of politeness.

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    Re: Wish/Want?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    In my opinion, the difference lies in the degree of formality, in the amount of politeness.


    Thanks.

    You mean that "wish" is more formal and polite than "want"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Thanks.

    You mean that "wish" is more formal and polite than "want"?
    Not many people would say "I wish to do something" any more. It's almost obsolete.
    By the way, if you mean you want to attend Mass, or a church service, the phrase is "I want to go to church" (not to the church). This is the same usage as "to school".

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    Re: Wish/Want?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Not many people would say "I wish to do something" any more. It's almost obsolete.


    Thanks, I just wanted to know if they still use it nowadays.

    By the way, if you mean you want to attend Mass, or a church service, the phrase is "I want to go to church" (not to the church). This is the same usage as "to school".

    It was a sentence from a context I was reading. Although it was written "Chapel" and not church.

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    Re: Wish/Want?

    this is a great question!
    i use "want" more often than "wish" and i did not notice about these words!!!
    i use "want" to express my desire and use "wish" to express what i dream about!!!

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    Re: Wish/Want?

    Quote Originally Posted by lovefrance View Post
    this is a great question!
    i use "want" more often than "wish" and i did not notice about these words!!!
    i use "want" to express my desire and use "wish" to express what i dream about!!!

    That is I think how they use these words in today English?

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