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    what's the difference between "hope" and "wish"

    I often read sentence like " I hope you have a good trip" and "I wish you have a good trip"; or " I hope you have a good day" or "I wish you have a good day", and lots of examples like that..

    What's the difference between "I hope..." and "I wish..."; which is better?

    Thank you!

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    Re: what's the difference between "hope" and "wish"

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    I often read sentence like " I hope you have a good trip" and "I wish you have a good trip"; or " I hope you have a good day" or "I wish you have a good day", and lots of examples like that..

    What's the difference between "I hope..." and "I wish..."; which is better?

    Thank you!
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    Good afternoon.

    (1) First, neither verb is "better."

    (a) They are both good and different.

    (2) "Hope" = something is possible.

    (a) I hope (that) you have a good trip.

    (i) If you have a good trip, I will be very happy.

    (3) "Wish" = something that is not true.

    (i) I wish (that) I was/ were handsome.

    (a) But I am ugly, and nothing can change that. I can only wish (dream) that I was/were handsome.

    (ii) You may NOT say:

    I wish that you have a nice trip.

    BUT!!!!

    You may say:

    I wish you a nice trip.

    I wish you a happy birthday.

    I wish you good luck.

    Sentences like those three are exceptions to the rule.

    P.S. But you may NOT say:

    I hope you a nice trip.

    I hope you a happy birthday.

    I hope you good luck.

    Thank you for your great question. I hope that you have a great day. I
    wish you great success in English.

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