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    Wll/Wish

    Hello teachers.
    I would like to ask if it is alright to use "will" instead of "wish".

    will - definition of will by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. - Here is where it is written that "will" may have a meaning like "wish".

    Is it grammatical to say something like "I will I were..." instead of "I wish I were..."?

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    Re: Wll/Wish

    No.

    "I willed myself to become the champion hot dog eater" is a valid use.

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    Re: Wll/Wish

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    will - definition of will by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. - Here is where it is written that "will" may have a meaning like "wish".
    This is the relevant definition that you are quoting:
    To wish; desire: Do what you will. Sit here if you will.
    That is a rare usage of 'will' among very many more commonly used meanings of the word. You cannot use it to mean 'wish' outside of these specialised cases.

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    Re: Wll/Wish

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    Hello teachers.
    I would like to ask if it is alright to use "will" instead of "wish".

    will - definition of will by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. - Here is where it is written that "will" may have a meaning like "wish".

    Is it grammatical to say something like "I will I were..." instead of "I wish I were..."?
    There is a somewhat outdated way to use a modal as a wish: Would that I were....

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