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    #1

    I wish...

    Hi,

    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    1. I just wish they didnít wait until the last minute.
    2. I just wish they donít wait until the last minute.

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    #2

    Re: I wish...

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    1. I just wish they didnít wait until the last minute.
    2. I just wish they donít wait until the last minute.

    Thanks,

    MG.
    The first is grammatically correct.
    1. can refer to the past (I just wish they hadn't waited until the last minute.) 1. can also refer to habitual action is the future. 1. I just wish they didnít always wait until the last minute.

    'Hope' is more appropriate for 2.
    2. I just hope they donít wait until the last minute. This refers to one event in the future.

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    #3

    Re: I wish...

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    What is the difference between these two sentences?
    3. I just wish they hadn't waited until the last minute. (refers to the past)
    1. I just wish they didnít (always) wait until the last minute. (refers to a recurring situation)
    2. I just wish they donít wait until the last minute. (refers to the future)

    Thanks,

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    #4

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    I would have thought you'd claim that 1 could mean 3.

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    #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I would have thought you'd claim that 1 could mean 3.
    No, I think in this case 3 is clearly much better for the past, because 2 is most suggestive of a recurring situation. ("always")

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    #6

    Re: I wish...

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    1. I just wish they didnít wait until the last minute.
    2. I just wish they donít wait until the last minute.

    Thanks,

    MG.
    #2 is ungrammatical. 'Wish' is followed by a main verb in the past subjunctive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    #2 is ungrammatical. 'Wish' is followed by a main verb in the past subjunctive.
    ??

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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    ??
    Is something unclear here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Is something unclear here?
    How is 2. the past subjunctive?

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    #10

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    How is 2. the past subjunctive?
    It is not.

    That is precisely why it is ungrammatical...

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