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    "I wish" rule

    OK, according to a teaching book I am using with my classes, we "use wish + past tense to refer to present wishes".

    Please look at these three examples:
    1. "I wish I had my own apartment" - had is past tense.
    2. "I wish I didn´t have to go" - did not is past tense.
    3. "I wish they´d stop worring" - they would? Is this past tense for "they will"?

    I know would and will are modals, and have a + and - form, but do they also have present and past tenses? Thanks.

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    Re: "I wish" rule

    Quote Originally Posted by donaldo View Post
    OK, according to a teaching book I am using with my classes, we "use wish + past tense to refer to present wishes".

    Please look at these three examples:
    1. "I wish I had my own apartment" - had is past tense.
    2. "I wish I didn´t have to go" - did not is past tense.
    3. "I wish they´d stop worring" - they would? Is this past tense for "they will"?

    I know would and will are modals, and have a + and - form, but do they also have present and past tenses? Thanks.
    'I wish they would stop worrying'. This is not past tense, it indicates a desire that something should happen in the future.

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