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    "I wish it was"

    Hi,

    My English teacher told me that one should say "I wish it were....", but I have heard so many native speakers of English say "I wish it was.....". Even I personally find it more comfortable to say "I wish it was..." because I have heard it so many times that it's just been planted in my brain. What are your guys' opinions?

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    Re: "I wish it was"

    Click here to read many previous answers to this question.

    I found these by typing 'I wish it was/were' in the Google Custom Search box near the top of the page.

    Most of them are about 'I wish I was/were', but you'll soon get the idea.

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    Re: "I wish it was"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Click here to read many previous answers to this question.

    I found these by typing 'I wish it was/were' in the Google Custom Search box near the top of the page.

    Most of them are about 'I wish I was/were', but you'll soon get the idea.

    Rover
    I am sorry but the link didn't seem to take me to your answer. It says "google custom search" but nothing below that.

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    Re: "I wish it was"

    I think I got it now. Thanks Rover!

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    Re: "I wish it was"

    Quite a lot of speakers who say If I were say I wish it was.

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    Re: "I wish it was"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,

    My English teacher told me that one should say "I wish it were....", but I have heard so many native speakers of English say "I wish it was.....". Even I personally find it more comfortable to say "I wish it was..." because I have heard it so many times that it's just been planted in my brain. What are your guys' opinions?

    Thanks!
    The reason your teacher prefers "I wish it were" is that "wish" often expresses a desire for something that is not true in the present. That is one of the uses of the subjunctive mood. As you already know, many people don't use the subjunctive mood much; that is the reason you often hear "I wish it was".

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