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    #1

    Which one is correct?

    Which one is correct?

    Jane changes her whishes frequently.

    Jane's wishes change frequently.

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    #2

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Which one is correct?

    Jane changes her whishes frequently.

    Jane's wishes change frequently.
    Hi,

    Apart from the spelling of wishes in number 1, both are correct.

    Rgds

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    I have to say that, though they are grammatically acceptable, neither of them sounds very natural to me. If the idea is Jane keeps changing her miind about what she wants, that's what I'd say.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I have to say that, though they are grammatically acceptable, neither of them sounds very natural to me. If the idea is Jane keeps changing her miind about what she wants, that's what I'd say.
    Could you please point out what concrete parts of those sentences are not natural ? I refer to two parts in each one : for the first one, the first part is "Jane changes her wishes", similar to the second sentence, the second part for both sentences is the adverb "frequently" ?
    I think that adverb is the reason makes you feel unnatural with those sentences. So we can find another adverb to help them more natural.
    I'm sorry for my offside questions, I only really want to know the reason makes you feel unnatural.
    Thank you so much !

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    It's nothing to do with the adverb. I simply feel that we do not normally express this idea as 'changing one's wishes'.

    Let's see if other native speakers join in. If they disagree with me, then I'll accept that it's just a personal feeling.

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    #6

    Re: Which one is correct?

    As a follow- up to my last post, I tried Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) .

    There I found:

    She changed her mind: 90 citations
    She changed her wish: 1
    She changed her wishes: 0
    He changed his mind: 213
    He changed his wish: 0
    He changed his wishes: 0

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    #7

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It's nothing to do with the adverb. I simply feel that we do not normally express this idea as 'changing one's wishes'.

    Let's see if other native speakers join in. If they disagree with me, then I'll accept that it's just a personal feeling.
    I concur with 5jj

    Simply say 'Jane keeps changing her mind'.
    That's about as common an expression as you can get.
    'keeps changing' implies 'frequently' and 'mind' in this context is a synonym for 'wishes'.

    Regards

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1 View Post
    I concur with 5jj

    Simply say 'Jane keeps changing her mind'.


    Regards
    I concur with 5jj, too.

    (Incidentally, Richard, thanks for writing Regards instead of Rgds. That must have been puzzling a lot of students.)


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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    That must have been puzzling a lot of students.)


    Rover
    Haha, I don't think so !!! :)

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