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    Wish

    Please would you correct my mistakes in these sentences. This is not a homework but my own exercises. I just want to see if I can use the tense with the verb "wish" correctly.

    1. Peter wished his parents had not treated him so badly when he was a child.
    2. The author wished there were more people on the promotion of his book.
    3. He wished he had asked her more questions about her past before marrying her.

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    #2

    Re: Wish

    1 and 3 are perfect. I think there might be a word missing from 2.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Wish

    emsr2d2,
    Thank you for your answer. I have looked carefully at the sentence No 2, but I still cannot see what is wrong with it. Please would you tell me where I have made the mistake.

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    #4

    Re: Wish

    I assumed it was meant to say "The author wished there were more people working on the promotion of his book". "People on the promotion of" is not natural.
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    #5

    Re: Wish

    Actually, I wanted to say that he wished there were more visitors on the promotion of his book. But probably my sentence sounds wrong in the ears of a native speaker?

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    #6

    Re: Wish

    I don't understand what you mean. Do you mean that he is physically promoting his book? Is he at a bookstore hoping to speak to customers about his book, perhaps signing copies and answering questions? If so, then he wished that more people had turned up to his book promotion/book launch.
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    #7

    Re: Wish

    That is exactly what I meant. He is physically promoting his book at a bookstore and hoping to speak to customers. So the right answer is:
    2. The author wished that more people had turned up to his book promotion.

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    Re: Wish

    Yes, or "The author wished that more people had attended his book promotion" if you wish to be a little more formal than "turned up to".
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    Re: Wish

    Another informal expression would be "turned out for".

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