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    #1

    i wish

    I wish i will never serve like that guy.
    is this wrong?

    I know
    I wish i would never serve like that guy.
    is correct but...

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    #2

    Re: i wish

    Neither is correct. You need "I hope I never serve like that guy'.

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    #3

    Re: i wish

    Can I ask why
    I wish i would never serve like that guy.
    is wrong?

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    #4

    Re: i wish

    We don't use "wish" for the future, including a future conditional.

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    #5

    Re: i wish

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    We don't use "wish" for the future, including a future conditional.
    and also you don't use negative form with 'wish', do you?

    I wish I would not = wrong.

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    #6

    Re: i wish

    Thank you all.

    And one last question)
    Can I say like this?

    I do not wish I served like that guy

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    #7

    Re: i wish

    Quote Originally Posted by NDQuattro View Post
    and also you don't use negative form with 'wish', do you?

    I wish I would not = wrong.
    oops that was stupid question, sorry

    I wish I could not fly
    this one must be correct))

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    #8

    Re: i wish

    Well... what you can say grammatically and what is natural to a situation are not the same.

    "I do not wish I served like that guy"
    You are watching a tennis match with your friend. You say "You know, I wish I played a better game of tennis." The "guy" serves into the net four times in a row. Then you say, "But I don't wish I served like that guy." -- This specific situation is okay.

    In most cases "I'm glad I don't serve like that guy" (you know you don't) or "I hope I don't serve like that guy" (you're not sure how good your serve is) or "I wish I didn't serve like that guy" (because, in fact, you do) would be more likely.

    "I wish I could not fly" would only make sense if you can, in fact fly, and wish you couldn't. It seems an odd wish. Maybe you really don't want to go to your brother-in-law's birthday party in Las Vegas and would love to say "I can't get in there in time. Sorry!" but you know you could, because you could fly there if you really wanted to go. What do you think this means?

    "I wish I wouldn't" is okay too. Let's say you're really shy. "I wish I wouldn't get so nervous when I have to speak in public."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: i wish

    "I wish I wouldn't get so nervous when I have to speak in public."

    That sounds very unnatural to this speaker of BrE. I can wish that somebody else wouldn't do something, or wish that I didn't do something, but not wish that I wouldn't do something.

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    #10

    Re: i wish

    This means i don't like gambling And yes, i meant i can fly(actually i can't but sometimes i confuse my dreams with reality).
    Yes, i created that sentence about serving after coaches 2 doubles in a row :)

    Thank you, Barb_D. I wish I were where you are so i could buy you some juice. You're the best.

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