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    #1

    I hoped they win

    Hello friends,
    I would like to know your opinions about this problem.
    Months ago I watched a game and of course I still remember its result.
    A friends asks me, "Hey, did you watch that soccer game?"
    I answer: "Oh yes, of course I watched it and I hoped Italy win."
    Is this answer correct or do I have to say:
    "Oh yes, I watched it and I hoped Italy won."
    The problem is the 2nd sentence lets it sound as if I don't know the result.
    Maybe the best answer would be:
    "Oh yes, I watched it and I hoped Italy would have won."

    Cheers!


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    Re: I hoped they win

    I not an expert in English at all, but i would use:
    Oh yes, I watched it and I was hoping Italy would win.
    If Italy won the game, but:

    Oh yes, I watched it and I was hoping Italy would have won.
    If Italy lost.

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    #3

    Re: I hoped they win

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello friends,
    I would like to know your opinions about this problem.
    Months ago I watched a game and of course I still remember its result.
    A friends asks me, "Hey, did you watch that soccer game?"
    I answer: "Oh yes, of course I watched it and I hoped Italy win."
    Is this answer correct or do I have to say:
    "Oh yes, I watched it and I hoped Italy won."
    The problem is the 2nd sentence lets it sound as if I don't know the result.
    Maybe the best answer would be:
    "Oh yes, I watched it and I hoped Italy would have won."

    Cheers!
    Go for this:
    I was hoping (that) Italy would win.

    Even better:
    I was rooting for Italy.
    Definition of root for sb from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus

    Do not go for these:
    I watched it and I hoped Italy win/won.

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