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    using "would rather that"

    Hi,

    can we use past perfect (subjunctive mood) or would for expressing wishes in the past and in the future? for e.g.

    I would rather that it had rained yesterday.(for past event)

    and

    I would rather that it would rain tomorrow. (for future event)

    according to my knowledge, we can use past subjunctive, past perfect subuntive and would ( for future) with wish.

    thanks

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    Re: using "would rather that"

    Quote Originally Posted by learner110 View Post
    Hi,

    can we use past perfect (subjunctive mood) or would for expressing wishes in the past and in the future? for e.g.

    I would rather that it had rained yesterday.(for past event)

    and

    I would rather that it would rain tomorrow. (for future event)

    according to my knowledge, we can use past subjunctive, past perfect subuntive and would ( for future) with wish.

    thanks
    I would rather that it had rained yesterday.(for past event) This is fine.

    and

    I would rather that it rained tomorrow. (for future event)

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