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    have or had

    Greetings, Sir/Mdm,

    On the following sentence below, is have or had the correct tense?

    "Some people are always feeling unhappy and wishing they had the better life of someone else's".

    If I use "have" instead of "had", is it incorrect? If it's incorrect, kindly help me to understand why "have" cannot be used in this context.

    Thank you!

    Sincerely :)

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    Re: have or had

    Some people are always unhappy and wish they had a better life.
    Some people are always unhappy and wish they could live someone else's, better, life.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: have or had

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    the better life of someone else's".
    You can use one genitive or the other, not both:
    1. the better life of someone else.
    2. someone else's better life.

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    #4

    Re: have or had

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    ... why "have" cannot be used in this context.
    Because the past subjunctive should be used after 'wish' in this context.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    the following sentence below
    I would omit either 'following' or 'below', but I am not a teacher.

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