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    #1

    He wishes/ he wished

    I was thinking about the hypothetical wish form.

    I wish I were rich, I wish I had gone to the restaurant last night, I wish I hadn't said that.

    Now, we always use "wish", right? Never: I wished I had...?

    Why, however, is it then possible to say :

    he wished he had been there.

    This is the exercise I was looking at.

    http://usefulenglish.ru/grammar/subj...-exercise-four

    Number 4 for example.

    I mean, the same sentence wish "I", i would have chosen:

    I wish they hadn't left so fast.


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    #2

    Re: He wishes/ he wished

    IMO, it is posible to use "I wished" if you are speaking now about you feelings in the past. For instance, if your friends came back last week from a trip to China, you could tell them then "I wish I had gone too". But if you are telling me today about that conversation with them, I find it OK to say "My, how I wished I could have gone too".
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: He wishes/ he wished

    Quote Originally Posted by heidita View Post
    Now, we always use "wish", right? Never: I wished I had...?
    We use the present tense for a present wish, and the past tense for a past wish.

    Your last three lines are a little confusing. Could you try to make it clear which question you are talking about and what the problem is, please?

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    Re: He wishes/ he wished

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We use the present tense for a present wish, and the past tense for a past wish.
    hmmm,

    I wish I could go to London. (future meaning)

    I wish I had gone to London (past meaning, didn't happen)

    So I don't understand your answer

    Your last three lines are a little confusing. Could you try to make it clear which question you are talking about and what the problem is, please?
    sorry, I meant:

    he wished he had been there. (past, didn't happen)
    In my opinion this is odd...or at least I don't understand.

    We say: I wish I had been there. (past, didn't happen)

    Why not: he wishes he had been there?

    "My, how I wished I could have gone too".


    This is what our friend said above. Why not" I wish I had been able to go to"

    In my opinion this would mean the same...and I still don't see why "he wished" is correct.

    I do see the usage of indirect speech, hadn't even thought of that.

    Peter is so silly, he wishes he were a woman.
    Mary said that Peter was really silly. he wished he were a woman.

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    Re: He wishes/ he wished

    Quote Originally Posted by heidita View Post
    hmmm,

    I wish I could go to London. (future meaning)

    I wish I had gone to London (past meaning, didn't happen)

    So I don't understand your answer
    I am not a teacher.

    The answer meant that the wishing is taking place now; whether it's about something past, present, or future makes no difference.

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    Re: He wishes/ he wished

    Let's go back a step.

    2 January, 2014: Peter's brother and sister went to London. Peter did not go, because he had to look after his cat, which was ill.

    9 January, 2014: Peter spoke to his friend Jana:

    J: I hear your brother and sister went to London last week.
    P: Yes. I wish I could have gone with them, but I couldn't leave my sick cat.


    10 January, 2014: Peter bumps into Florinda, a former girlfriend, in the street. They fall instantly in love again and decide to spend the rest of their lives together. In between smooching sessions, they have a brief conversation:

    F: If you had gone to London with your brother and sister, we would not have met.
    P: I know. Yesterday, I wished I could have gone with them. Now I am so happy that I didn't. Another?

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    #7

    Re: He wishes/ he wished

    Thanks everybody for your answers

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    Re: He wishes/ he wished

    Your appreciation is welcome but there is no need to write a new post to say Thank you. Simply click the Thank button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.

    It saves everybody's time.

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