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    would/didn't

    I accidentally came across these two sentences today, I know these is a nuance between them, but I cannot figure it out.

    Please help me .....pls.... Thank you.

    1) I wish you wouldn't work on Sundays.
    2) I wish you didn't work on Sundays.

    To me, the first sentence seems that you still have a chance not to work on Sundays. the second seems that there is nothing to be done, you have to work on Sundays.

    Please tell me the nuance. Thank you so much.

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    Re: would/didn't

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    I accidentally came across these two sentences today, I know these is a nuance between them, but I cannot figure it out.

    Please help me .....pls.... Thank you.

    1) I wish you wouldn't work on Sundays.
    2) I wish you didn't work on Sundays.

    To me, the first sentence seems that you still have a chance not to work on Sundays. the second seems that there is nothing to be done, you have to work on Sundays.

    Please tell me the nuance. .
    The situation we are referring to in #1 is You will work on Sundays = you insist on working.

    The situation in #2 is You work on Sundays.

    Shift the verb forms back into the past, and negate them to denote an unreal or counterfactual situation (necessary with wish), and we get your sentences.

    So, #1 has the nuance of the speaker's unhappiness at 'your' insistence on working; in #2 the speaker is simply unahhpy at the fact of 'your' working.

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