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    #1

    Cool Wish & were

    Hi,

    Is the following sentence true?

    'I wish I were never here '

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    #2

    Re: Wish & were

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    I believe it's correct.
    (Don't forget to add a .)
    Only you can know if it's true.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Wish & were

    Depends.

    If you have been here on several occasions, are here now and may well be here in the future and your wish is for perpetual absence rather than frequent presence, then the utterance is true.

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    #4

    Re: Wish & were

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Is the following sentence true?

    'I wish I were never here '
    I would say no, it's not correct, "I wish I had never been here" works or "I wish I wasn't here", it depends what you want to say.

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    Re: Wish & were

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    If you have been here on several occasions, are here now and may well be here in the future and your wish is for perpetual absence rather than frequent presence, then the utterance is true.
    I can see this as being a way of grammatically justifying such an utterance but I feel that it is pretty unlikely that anyone would ever actually say that.

    Bhaisahab's alternatives seem to be more of probable usage although it is of course vital to know exactly what the utterance is intended to mean.

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    Re: Wish & were

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would say no, it's not correct, "I wish I had never been here" works or "I wish I wasn't here", it depends what you want to say.
    Or "I wish I weren`t here."

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    Re: Wish & were

    Quote Originally Posted by apbl View Post
    I can see this as being a way of grammatically justifying such an utterance but I feel that it is pretty unlikely that anyone would ever actually say that.

    Bhaisahab's alternatives seem to be more of probable usage although it is of course vital to know exactly what the utterance is intended to mean.
    I agree entirely. The reason I came up with that unlikely scenario is that I was so often caught out in my early days of teaching by saying of a particular construction, "We don't/cant' say that in English", only to find that we do/can say it of the particular situation the student had in mind.

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    Re: Wish & were

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Or "I wish I weren`t here."
    Yes, indeed.

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