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    I wish I had vs I wish I would have

    There must have been many posts where this has been discussed. But what's the difference between "I wish I had a new car." and "I wish I would have a new car."?

    A: Will Harry be going with you to Moldova?

    B: He wishes he........,but unfortunately he's very busy at the moment.

    Is it A: came or B:would come? I would use B here.

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    Re: I wish I had vs I wish I would have

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    There must have been many posts where this has been discussed. But what's the difference between "I wish I had a new car." and "I wish I would have a new car."? "I wish I would have a new car" is incorrect in BrE.

    A: Will Harry be going with you to Moldova?

    B: He wishes he........,but unfortunately he's very busy at the moment.

    Is it A: came or B:would come? I would use B here.
    Both A and B are incorrect in BrE.

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    Re: I wish I had vs I wish I would have

    What's the right answer to the question about Harry not going to Moldova? What's the difference between "I wish had ....." and "I wish I would have..."?

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    Re: I wish I had vs I wish I would have

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What's the right answer to the question about Harry not going to Moldova? What's the difference between "I wish had ....." and "I wish I would have..."?
    "He wishes he could but..." As I said before, "I wish I would have" is incorrect in BrE.

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    Re: I wish I had vs I wish I would have

    What's the difference between " He could come.." and "he were able ..."?

    A:If only your mother ......yelling.

    B:I'll ask her to be quiet.

    Is it "stopped..." or "would stop......"?

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    Re: I wish I had vs I wish I would have

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What's the difference between " He could come.." and "he were able ..."?
    "He wishes he could come" and "He wishes he were able to come" mean the same.

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    Re: I wish I had vs I wish I would have

    What about the mother question?

    A: I wish he would explain exactly what he wants me to do every day.

    OR

    B: I wish he explained exactly what he wants me to do every day.

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    Re: I wish I had vs I wish I would have

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What about the mother question?
    If only your mother would stop yelling.

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    #9

    Re: I wish I had vs I wish I would have

    As to the previous question, what's the difference between A and B?


    1)A:I wish Justin listened/would listen ???? to my advice.

    B: You should try talking/to talk??? to him again.

    What's the difference here between "listened" and "would listen"?

    2) What's the difference between the following two?

    I wish you would not work on Sundays.

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    I wish you didn't work on Sundays.
    Last edited by ostap77; 15-May-2012 at 12:41.

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    Re: I wish I had vs I wish I would have

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    A:I wish Justin listened/would listen ???? to my advice.
    can b used for a present
    B: You should try talking/to talk??? to him again.

    What's the difference here between "listened" and "would listen"?
    I wish you would ask one question at a time.

    wish + past tense expesses regret that something does not happen.
    Wish + would expresses regret that something will not happen.

    As will can refer to present insistence or typical behaviour, and the present tense to regular or repeated activities, there is sometimes not a great deal of difference in meaning between them

    We don't normall use the first person "I wish I would".

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