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    #1

    want to / wish to

    What's the difference between the two phrases?

    1. The country I want to visit
    2. The country I wish to visit
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    #2

    Re: want to / wish to

    AS they stand without any context, they could mean much the same thing.

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    Re: want to / wish to

    I give the paragraph as follows:

    I wish to visit France, which has brilliant culture and historical remains. My parents went on their honeymoon in Paris, so I want to visit there to see its beautiful natural scenery in person. The Eiffel Tower is a world-famous building and a French cultural icon. It is still a hot scenic spot with distinctive feature. Its romantic atmosphere is worth experiencing first-hand. I hope I will have a chance to visit there some day.

    1. What is the difference between the underlined word 'wish' and 'want'?
    2. Can the word 'hope' be replaced by 'wish'?

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    Re: want to / wish to

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    I give the paragraph as follows:

    I wish to visit France, which has brilliant culture and historical remains. My parents went on their honeymoon in Paris, so I want to visit there to see its beautiful natural scenery in person. The Eiffel Tower is a world-famous building and a French cultural icon. It is still a hot scenic spot with distinctive feature. Its romantic atmosphere is worth experiencing first-hand. I hope I will have a chance to visit there some day.

    1. What is the difference between the underlined word 'wish' and 'want'? Nothing.

    2. Can the word 'hope' be replaced by 'wish'? Hope is much better.
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    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: want to / wish to

    with distinctive feature
    That should be distinctive features or a distinctive feature, though I would use the plural.

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    #6

    Re: want to / wish to

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    I hope I will have a chance to visit there some day.

    2. Can the word 'hope' be replaced by 'wish'?
    No, we don't say "I wish I will ..."

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