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    Wishing or hoping

    Hi guys,

    Can we say "I was wishing or hoping that he would be all right"?

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    Re: Wishing or hoping

    I was hoping.
    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: Wishing or hoping

    So "Wish" can't be used like this. Can we say "I wished"?

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    Re: Wishing or hoping

    You wish for something that is not likely to happen.
    I wish I'd meet a rich man who would leave me his entire fortune.

    You also wish for people to act differently.
    I wish he would stop interrupting people.

    You hope for things that are possible or likely.
    I hope the Patriots make it to the Super Bowl and win.
    (A fan of a team with no change of winning would say "I wish my team would make it to the Super Bowl.")
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    Re: Wishing or hoping

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I wish I'd meet a rich man who would leave me his entire fortune.
    I would call that wishful thinking.
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    Re: Wishing or hoping

    So "Wished" can be used for past. Right? Like "On that day I wished that he would call or he was with me".

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    Re: Wishing or hoping

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    So "Wished" can be used for past. Right?.
    [Not a teacher]

    Yes.
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    Re: Wishing or hoping

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    So "wished" can be used for the past. Right? Like "On that day I wished that he would call" or "he was with me".
    I'd say 'On that day I hoped that he would call' and 'On that day I wished he was with me'.

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