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    #1

    Wish + past simple or would?

    I'm sure a lot of people have asked about the subject already, but I still have some unanswered questions.

    I understand that we don't use the construction "I wish I would..."
    I've found somewhere that "wish + would" expresses dissatisfaction, annoying habits, i.e. other people's behavior we want to change, and impatience. In light of that it seems to me that "I wish it would be Friday already." is possible, although "I wish it was Friday already." still sounds more natural to me.
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    And how would you react to this situation: "My car is always breaking down."? I wish it wouldn't always be breaking down - that seems strange (to me), but what's then the correct option? Is the only possible solution: "I wish my car would stop breaking down."?

    And what about this one: "I wish he found a job." or "I wish he would find a job."?
    "Wish + past simple" appears to be used when talking about "unreal", highly unlikely things. Finding a job doesn't quite fall into this category, but the first sentence looks fine to me nonetheless.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Re: Wish + past simple or would?

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with using "I wish I would". Where did you hear that?

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    Re: Wish + past simple or would?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with using "I wish I would". Where did you hear that?
    How would you use it, Mike? If you wish you would do something, why wouldn't you just do it?

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    Re: Wish + past simple or would?

    I wish I would meet a rich beautiful woman.

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    Re: Wish + past simple or would?

    Hmm, maybe that's American. I'd say, "I wish I met a rich beautiful woman" or "I wish I could meet ..."
    Perhaps the OP read that in a BrE or AusE text.
    To OP: There's nothing wrong with "I wish someone else would do something ..." as in "I wish he would find a job" or "I wish he found a job".
    You can say about your car, "I wish it wouldn't keep breaking down."
    I believe that "I wish it would be Friday" is incorrect.

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    Re: Wish + past simple or would?

    "I wish I would meet a rich woman" is unnatural in BrE. That would be worded one of the following ways:

    I wish I could meet a rich woman.
    I hope I will meet a rich woman.
    I want to meet a rich woman.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: Wish + past simple or would?

    Things like "I wish I would remember to just keep my mouth shut when she starts up her political rants instead of escalating the situation each time."


    We can be annoyed at things we do or fail to do just as we are at other people or inanimate things.
    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: Wish + past simple or would?

    I wish I would get a raise soon.

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    #9

    Re: Wish + past simple or would?

    This is a definite BrE vs AmE difference.

    "I wish I would get a raise soon" would be "I hope I get a pay rise soon" or "I wish my boss would give me a pay rise soon".

    Basically, we don't use "wish + would" in the first person singular.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: Wish + past simple or would?

    What about an example like mine?
    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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