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    I wish I wouldn't/would

    Hi,

    this is a grammar question concerning verb tenses after 'wish'. Consider a wish referred to the present/future, this is the sentence:
    I wish I wouldn't forget his birthday or I wish I didn't forget his birthday

    Which one is right? A few grammar books claim that you cannot use I wish I would meanin that wish and would mustn't share the same subject pronoun.

    I know 'hope' would be better in this instance but if you have to use wish how do you continue your sentence?

    Thanks in advance!
    Bye

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    Re: I wish I wouldn't/would

    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠

    Try I wish I could remember his birthday.

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    Re: I wish I wouldn't/would

    Quote Originally Posted by zappy View Post
    Hi,

    this is a grammar question concerning verb tenses after 'wish'. Consider a wish referred to the present/future, this is the sentence:
    I wish I wouldn't forget his birthday or I wish I didn't forget his birthday

    Which one is right? A few grammar books claim that you cannot use I wish I would meanin that wish and would mustn't share the same subject pronoun.

    I know 'hope' would be better in this instance but if you have to use wish how do you continue your sentence?

    Thanks in advance!
    Bye
    If you must use "wish" try: "I wish not to forget his birthday". I say "if you must" because, while my suggested sentence is correct, it's an archaic form of words.

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