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    A PRESENT WISH ABOUT THE PAST

    Please clarify me what's the difference between could and would. I tried to understand it by myself, but unfortunately I didn't get.
    I wish I could have gone with you.
    I wish I would have remembered to take the dog out.

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    Re: A PRESENT WISH ABOUT THE PAST

    Quote Originally Posted by arnasarutis21 View Post
    Please clarify for me what's the difference between could and would. I tried to understand it by myself, but unfortunately I didn't get.
    I wish I could have gone with you.
    I wish I would have remembered to take the dog out.
    The second one is incorrect.

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    Re: A PRESENT WISH ABOUT THE PAST

    Quote Originally Posted by arnasarutis21 View Post
    Please clarify me what's the difference between could and would. I tried to understand it by myself, but unfortunately I didn't get.
    I wish I could have gone with you.
    I wish I would have remembered to take the dog out.
    I believe that in a previous thread we established that "I wish I would have remembered ..." was OK in AmE. In BrE, however, it would read "I wish I had remembered to take the dog out".

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    Re: A PRESENT WISH ABOUT THE PAST

    Quote Originally Posted by arnasarutis21 View Post
    Please clarify me what's the difference between could and would. I tried to understand it by myself, but unfortunately I didn't get.
    I wish I could have gone with you.
    I wish I would have remembered to take the dog out.
    I you want to know the difference between 'would' and 'could' in this context, why not ask for the difference between:
    "I wish I could have gone with you" and
    "I wish I would have gone with you"?
    (The answer is still the same as bhaisahab gave; the second isn't grammatical if you mean "I wish I had gone with you").

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    Re: A PRESENT WISH ABOUT THE PAST

    I have to agree that "I wish (whoever) would have..." is actually pretty common in the US. One of those things we say, but wouldn't necessarily write.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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