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Could you tell me whether we can use 'would' with all the stative verbs while using 'wish clauses'?
-I wish you would want to be a doctor.
-I wish Real Madrid would be the champion this year.
-I wish she'd be quiet.
Last edited by aysaa; 14-Feb-2012 at 19:25.
Last edited by bhaisahab; 15-Feb-2012 at 09:07. Reason: To correct a stupid mistake.
Thanks for the answer...
1) "Would have" expresses dissatisfaction and emphasizes someone's unwillingness to do something.
-She wishes the store would have had the shoe in her size. (She is unhappy they are unwilling or have chosen not to restock or carry her size.)
-I wish you would have let me know.(I am displeased you were unwilling to communicate.)
I think we can use stative verbs with 'would have Ving', is that right?
2) -I wish I /she/ he was home in my country.
-I know we use generally 'were', but I want to ask whether we can use 'was' in this case or not.
3) -I wish I was/were able to go with you.
Can we use 'was/were able to' instead of 'could' in this case?
BNC has 51 'I wish (pronoun) had (V-en)' citations, and only 2 'I wish (pronoun) would have (V-en)' citations.
In other words, you will hear/see "I wish you had remembered to take the dog out for a walk" 25 times as often as you will hear/see "I wish you would have remembered to take the dog out for a walk" in BrE.
Thanks for all the answers, but I have been really confused about it because of the internet pages. I often have seen the sentences such as 'Would -future - I wish you would be quiet. (= Your talking irritates me.)'
But some internet pages and you say that we can't use stative verbs with 'would'.
I wish, if only - English
Last edited by aysaa; 15-Feb-2012 at 08:42.
He is being good at the moment. / He is behaving well at the moment.
I wish you would be quiet. / I wish you would make less noise.