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    I wish for you that

    Quote from Natalie Portman Harvard Commencement Speech :
    "I wish for you that your friends will be with you through it all,as my friends from Harvard have been together since we graduated."

    Is this sentence grammatically correct?
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    Re: I wish for you that

    Yes

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    Re: I wish for you that

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Yes
    But we always use the past tense verb in the clause after wish, as far as I know.
    So should we use 'hope' instead of 'wish' in this sentence?
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    Re: I wish for you that

    No, we shouldn't always use past tense after "wish".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: I wish for you that

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, we shouldn't always use past tense after "wish".
    When should we use past tense after 'wish' and when we shouldn't ?
    In this sentence can we replace 'wish' with 'hope' ?
    Without "for you" , would the sentence still be correct?
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    #6

    Re: I wish for you that

    "I wish for you that your friends will be with you through it all..."
    "I hope that your friends will be with you through it all..."
    As you have been told, the first one is grammatically correct. I find it a little clumsy, though. I would prefer "My wish for you is that..."
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: I wish for you that

    Natalie Portman's use of 'wish' is an unusual one, which you had better avoid.

    You be more likely to hear 'I hope that your friends will be with you...'

    These are common uses of 'wish' as a verb:

    I wish you would stop worrying.
    I wish you hadn't said that.
    I wish I could win the lottery.
    I wish you the best of luck in your new job.

    Cross-posted with bhai.

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    Re: I wish for you that

    Thank you ,J&K Tutoring ,bhaisahab , Rover_KE , for your help.
    Thank you so much.

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