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    #1

    I wish...

    "I wish you were punctual."

    OR

    "I wish you would be punctual."

    Which one is correct?

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    Re: I wish...

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I wish you were punctual."

    OR

    "I wish you would be punctual."

    Which one is correct?
    They're both right. I use them like this (these are only tendencies):

    "I wish you were punctual." - "I wish you were a punctual person; I wish you were always punctual; I wish punctuality was part of your personality."

    "I wish you would be punctual." - This tends to be used for specific circumstances. "I wish you'd be punctual when we have a date ... when we have an important meeting, etc."

    This applies to many adjectives: the first tends to apply to a personality trait, the second to a specific behaviour.
    "I wish you were more forgiving (in general).
    "I wish you'd be more forgiving (when I use the language wrongly).

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    Re: I wish...

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    They're both right. I use them like this (these are only tendencies):

    "I wish you were punctual." - "I wish you were a punctual person; I wish you were always punctual; I wish punctuality was part of your personality."

    "I wish you would be punctual." - This tends to be used for specific circumstances. "I wish you'd be punctual when we have a date ... when we have an important meeting, etc."

    This applies to many adjectives: the first tends to apply to a personality trait, the second to a specific behaviour.
    "I wish you were more forgiving (in general).
    "I wish you'd be more forgiving (when I use the language wrongly).
    Thank you. You've been a lot of help.

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