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    #1

    wish and was

    "I wish I spoke English."

    Would the next sentence be OK?

    "She wishes her son learned English."

    OR

    "She would like her son to learn English."

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    #2

    Re: wish and was

    • She wishes (that) her son knew English.
    • She wishes (that) her son had learned English.


    • She would like her son to learn English.

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    Re: wish and was

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    • She wishes (that) her son knew English.
    • She wishes (that) her son had learned English.


    • She would like her son to learn English.
    Which would be natural to your ear?

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    Re: wish and was

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Which would be natural to your ear?
    This one, She wants her son to learn English.

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    #5

    Re: wish and was

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    • She wishes (that) her son knew English. He doesn`t.
    • She wishes (that) her son had learned English. He hasn`t.


    • She would like her son to learn English. She would like him to, now or in the future.
    I agree with lauralie, but there are subtle differences.

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    Re: wish and was

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I agree with lauralie, but there are subtle differences.
    What would those differences be?

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    #7

    Re: wish and was

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What would those differences be?
    See the quote in post#5. (Comments are in red.)

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