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    Can these sentences be used ?

    Hello.


    I will write down/out <which one should I use in this case? > some setences to make sure if I get the difference between "hope" and "wish" straight or not.


    1.


    I hope you will get better
    < I think you will get better soon.>


    I wish you will get better.
    < I want you will get better but I am not sure you will be getting better or not.>


    2.

    I hope I will pass the exam
    < I think that I will definitely pass the exam, because I think I did my best>


    I wish I will pass the exam.
    < I want to pass the exam, but I am not totally sure if I will pass it or not>


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    I hope you will have a Merry Christmas.
    < I think you will have a Merry Christmas.>

    I wish you will have a Merry Christmas.
    < I want you to have a Merry Chirstmas, but I am not totally sure if you will have a great time or not>

    4.

    Just checking in, hope you're good.
    <


    Just checking in, wish you're good.
    Last edited by Tramper; 29-Apr-2011 at 01:19.

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    Re: Can these sentences be used ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tramper View Post
    Hello.


    I will write down/out <which one should I use in this case? > some setences to make sure if I get the difference between "hope" and "wish" straight or not.
    You must use a conditional mood with "wish".

    1. I hope you will get better.
    < I think you will get better soon.> You don't have to think this. You could be quite pessimistic about the person's prognosis, and still hope that they get better.
    I wish you would get better.
    < I want you will get better but I am not sure you will be getting better or not.>

    2. I hope I will pass the exam
    < I think that I will definitely pass the exam, because I think I did my best> As above. You can hope to pass the exam even if you've done no study.
    I wish I could/would pass the exam.
    < I want to pass the exam, but I am not totally sure if I will pass it or not>

    3. I hope you will have a Merry Christmas. (You don't need 'will')
    < I think you will have a Merry Christmas.> As above.
    I wish you would have a Merry Christmas. (This is an exception)
    I wish you a Merry Christmas.
    < I want you to have a Merry Chirstmas, but I am not totally sure if you will have a great time or not>


    4. Just checking in, hope you're good. This is OK colloquially. "Hope you're well" is better.

    Just checking in, wish you're good. No, this doesn't work.
    R.

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    Re: Can these sentences be used ?

    Thank you for the clear explantion and your correction. Raymott !

    I am not able to get the differences between them straight,

    Thanks !

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