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    I wish I have

    This comes from A Woman's Will by Anne Warner (1904 or 1905).

    Von Ibn frowned. "You amuse yourself much with queer words to-day," he said discontentedly. "I wish I have stayed with Jack. I was much pleasured with him."
    Do you find the highlighted sentence correct?

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    Re: I wish I have

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    This comes from A Woman's Will by Anne Warner (1904 or 1905).



    Do you find the highlighted sentence correct?


    ***not a teacher***

    It doesn't sound grammatical.
    I suppose it should be:

    I wish I had stayed with...
    OR<
    I wish I could have stayed with...

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    Re: I wish I have

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    ***not a teacher***

    It doesn't sound grammatical.I suppose it should be:

    I wish I had stayed with... OR<
    I wish I could have stayed with...
    Correct, Mehrgan.

    BC, the following sentence, " I was much pleasured with him" confirms that Warner is presenting von Ibn as someone whose command of English is flawed.

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    Re: I wish I have

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Correct, Mehrgan.

    BC, the following sentence, " I was much pleasured with him" confirms that Warner is presenting von Ibn as someone whose command of English is flawed.
    Oh, I see. I thought it was some kind of archaic posh speech. Thanks.

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