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    conditional sentences difference meaning

    Hi,

    What the difference meaning of these sentence :

    I wish they would offer me a pay rise

    I would rather they offered me a pay rise

    I I wish they offered me a pay rise

    I wish to get a pay rise



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    Re: conditional sentences difference meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
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    I wish they would offer me a pay rise
    I wish they would. I would like it to happen.

    I would rather they offered me a pay rise
    They did something else - say, offered to increase the number of holidays. But I would prefer it if instead - in the ongoing* negotiations - they would offer me a pay rise.

    I wish they offered me a pay rise
    If someone said this, I would assume either that they didn't feel comfortable using the past perfect (which some people don't in speech, feeling that it marks them out as 'posh'**) or that they came from a part of the world whose version of English doesn't require it. I would say 'I wish they HAD offered me a pay rise' (with the obvious meaning).

    I wish to get a pay rise
    That's what I want.

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    * In some Englishes, this would be acceptable as meaning
    'I would rather they HAD offered me a pay rise', but not in standard Br English.

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    PS*** In the song, the commonly cited words (more than 20 times as common) are 'If I knew you were coming I'da baked a cake', but - for example - emsr2d2 (in another thread) gave a 'sanitized' version with the past perfect.
    Last edited by BobK; 16-Aug-2010 at 12:52. Reason: Added PS


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    Re: conditional sentences difference meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Hi,

    What the difference meaning of these sentence :

    I wish they would offer me a pay rise

    I would rather they offered me a pay rise

    I I wish they offered me a pay rise

    I wish to get a pay rise



    Thanks
    There can be another sentence:
    "I wish that they offer me a pay rise".
    I think when we say "I wish they(had) offered me ........", there is very little chance that 'they' will offer a pay rise.
    Well, not a native.

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    Re: conditional sentences difference meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by shoaib 1 View Post
    There can be another sentence:
    "I wish that they offer me a pay rise".
    I think when we say "I wish they(had) offered me ........", there is very little chance that 'they' will offer a pay rise.
    Well, not a native.
    If you're talking about the future, I would be more inclined to say "I hope" than "I wish".

    I wish they would offer me a pay rise.
    I hope they will offer me a pay rise.

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