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  1. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    I wish I hadn't done that.

    Why?

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    The person is expressing regrets. Both "if only" and "I wish" do that.

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    Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Why?
    If I hadn't've done that....
    If only I hadn't've done that....
    I wish I hadn't've done that.

    All express one's desire, or hope.

    Cas :D


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    Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    'I wish' & 'If only' & 'If' with the right intonation.

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    If I hadn't've done that....
    If only I hadn't've done that....
    I wish I hadn't've done that.

    Using the auxiliary 'have' in these structures adds more feeling.

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    #5

    Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    The first variant is correct. If only I knew all the aswers that my fellows ask me! have a nice day!


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    Exclamation Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    it 's all the same some times , so what may be the difference?


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    Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    Quote Originally Posted by chamour View Post
    it 's all the same some times , so what may be the difference?

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    #8

    Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    If only expresses a regret.


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    Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    In "The Wizard of Oz" they use If I only had a brain. Notice that the subject I is before only. I haven't found a grammar rule for this. Is this variant correct?


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    Re: I wish I hadn't done that.

    Quote Originally Posted by clipper View Post
    In "The Wizard of Oz" they use If I only had a brain. Notice that the subject I is before only. I haven't found a grammar rule for this. Is this variant correct?
    I feel this is indeed correct usage. "Only" can be placed before as well as after the subject in a question. It certainly is pretty obsolete/formal. If I'd write it, it'd feel more natural to write "If only I had a brain."

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