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    the usage of "wish"

    Dear all,
    Do you use "wish" to mean "want" or "would like"?

    ...At a supermarket a customer is complaining about the meat he bought there.
    "I bought some meat here this morning, but it's rotten. I wish to see the manager."

    I found the sentence above in a textbook for intermediate level students. But I have never seen or heard "wish" used this way.

    Thank you

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    Re: the usage of "wish"

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    "I bought some meat here this morning, but it's rotten. I wish to see the manager."

    I found the sentence above in a textbook for intermediate level students. But I have never seen or heard "wish" used this way.
    It's pretty formal, and is normally used only if you are unhappy about something. Even in such situations, 'would like' ('d like') is more common.

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