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    #1

    Red face I wish..

    Hi everbody,

    I couldn't understand the difference between " I wish I could get a better job" and " I wish I got/had a better job"

    I think normally we use "could" and "would" for future wishes whereas we use the past form verb for present wishes..
    But how can I use this information..For example I am working now..so what should I say for my "betterjob -wish"

    Thanks for help

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    #2

    Re: I wish..

    I wish I could get a better job in the future.
    I wish I got/had a better job now.

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    #3

    Re: I wish..

    thanks 5jj for your help.. but is there any difference between these sentence in meaning ? for example can we say that there is less possibility to have a better job if we say "
    I wish I had a better job now." ..

    thanks

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    #4

    Re: I wish..

    If you simply with your current job were different, you say "I wish I had a better job."
    If you would like a different job but don't think it is very likely, you say "I wish I could get a better job."
    If you would like a different job and think it's possilble, you say "I hope I can get a better job."
    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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