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    Usage of 'if and Wish'

    Is the following sentence correct according to grammatical rules and meaning?
    if yes then how?


    I wish I didn't have to work tommorow, but unfortunately I do.

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    Re: Usage of 'if and Wish'

    Yes, it is correct. I don't know what you mean by "how?"

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    Re: Usage of 'if and Wish'

    After I wish.. what does rest of sentence mean? Like ... I didn't have to work (past tense) tomorrow (I think it uses future meaning) but unfortunately I do (again it uses present tense).
    Actually I need to know meaning of whole sentence.

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    Re: Usage of 'if and Wish'

    The sentence means that you do have to work tomorrow, but you would prefer not to.
    When talking about something that we want (or don't want) to happen, we use the subjunctive, in which the past tense form of the verb is employed.
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    Re: Usage of 'if and Wish'

    I would appreciate your reply even more if you provide few examples in order to understand Subjunctive sentences.
    Last edited by shahjehansoomro; 25-Nov-2014 at 17:49.

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    Re: Usage of 'if and Wish'

    You should try Googling "wish subjunctive".

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