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    One of my students wrote:

    I hope you could.

    he was supposed to write

    I wish you could.

    Should I accept his sentence? Is it grammatically correct?
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: teacher

    No. Hope uses present tenses (except when you're talking about the past obviously), wish uses past. It's like the difference between 1st and 2nd conditional - one is possible/probable (present tense) and one is impossible/improbable (past tense)

    I wrote a thesis about all this once. When we talk about genies giving us "3 wishes" we'd be better talking about "3 hopes"! They're going to happen, they're not hypothetical.

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