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    subjunctive

    hi


    wich one is correct? (reported speech)

    he wished he were rich.

    or

    he wished he had been rich.


    thanks

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    Re: subjunctive

    Quote Originally Posted by learner110 View Post
    hi


    wich one is correct? (reported speech)

    he wished he were rich.

    or

    he wished he had been rich.


    thanks
    It entirely depends on when he was talking about.

    "He wished that he were rich" suggests that the wish took place in the past and that he wished he were rich at the time of wishing.

    "He wished that he had been rich" suggests that at the time of wishing, he wished that he had been rich before that time, ie in the more distant past.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 19-Mar-2010 at 14:05. Reason: Amendment to explanation

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