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    #1

    wish

    Can I say:
    "I wish you to do it."? (in meaning: "I want you to do it.")

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    #2

    Re: wish

    I would say "I wish you could do it" or "I wish you did it" instead; they sound more natural to me.
    Last edited by charliedeut; 23-Jul-2013 at 10:54. Reason: see ems's post
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    Re: wish

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    I would say "I wish you could do it" or "I wish you did it" instead; they sound more natural to me.
    "I wish you did it" is incorrect, charliedeut. "I wish you could do it" means something else.

    I wish you would do it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: wish

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "I wish you did it" is incorrect, charliedeut. "I wish you could do it" means something else.

    I wish you would do it.
    I stand corrected, then, and apologize for any involuntary misinformation. I'll update my database to "I wish you did it is incorrect".
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: wish

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    I stand corrected, then, and apologize for any involuntary misinformation. I'll update my database to "I wish you did it is incorrect".
    Before you do that, I have a feeling that "I wish you did that" might be the AmE variant of the BrE "I wish you had done that", though that would need to be clarified. However, it definitely doesn't mean "I want you to do that" (the OP's question).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: wish

    But on TV we can often hear: "I wish you were here." with past simple in usage after "wish". Is it also correct only in US?

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    #7

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce111 View Post
    But on TV we can often hear: "I wish you were here." with past simple in usage after "wish". Is it also correct only in US?
    "You were" is not the past simple in that sentence, it's the subjunctive mood.
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    Re: wish

    So when I by-pass that "subjunctive mood" can I say "I wish you are here" ?
    Last edited by Pierce111; 24-Jul-2013 at 20:20.

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    #9

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    So when I by-pass that "subjunctive mood" can I say "I wish you are here" ?
    No.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: wish

    [I am not a teacher]

    If I may, I'd like to present my interpretation on this subject:

    I wish you did it = Can you do it? Oh, how I wish you could it. (The speaker feels something can't be done).
    I wish you would do it = Why don't you do it? ( The speaker feels annoyed, as in 'why don't you go home?').

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