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    How to use I WISH properly

    Hello everybody.
    Today I'd like to ask you something about the use of the verb Wish.

    My question doesn't involve all of uses, but just 3 of them. Let's give an example to be clearer:

    1) I wish (that) I spoke French.
    2) I wish (that) I would speak French.
    3) I wish (that) I had spoken French.

    Now, what I know is that in 3) we regret about something happened in the past, but we wanted that action had happened differently (the action has finished and we can't change it anymore); it basically means that we wanted (in the past) speak French, but we didn't and now we can't do anything to change this situation. Is that right???

    My doubt now is about 1) and 2).
    How to use them properly?? and, especially, how to distinguish them??
    I mean, I read lots of explanations about it, but they seem to be approximately the same to my mind.

    Thanks in advance for your help

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    Re: How to use I WISH properly

    I'm afraid you're wrong all 'round.

    1. You want to be able to speak French.

    2. Does not make sense. You are able to speak French, but you don't and you don't know why. If it was: 'I wish (that) I could speak French' then it would mean the same as #1.

    3. You are able to speak French, but on that particular occasion you didn't, and now you regret it.

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    Re: How to use I WISH properly

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Enrico:

    I have made up these sentences.

    1. I wish newspapers reported all the news. ( = They don't report all the news.)

    2. I wish newspapers would report all the news. ( = I want them to report all the news.)

    3. I wish newspapers had reported all the news about that incident. ( = They didn't report all the news about that incident.)

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    Re: How to use I WISH properly

    'I wish I would win the lottery.'── I want to win the lottery.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: How to use I WISH properly

    You might want to Google "wish conditional" for more information.

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    Re: How to use I WISH properly

    I am not a teacher.

    'I wish I would…' is wrong in BrE.

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    #7

    Re: How to use I WISH properly

    I wish you would explain why.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: How to use I WISH properly

    Thanks to everybody for your anwers...you're really helpful in this forum :)

    In order to follow what J&K Tutoring, I've perfectly understood now that "I wish I could" is exactly the same like "I wish I spoke" because we are using in both cases the simple past and actually if I use "Could" it sounds even more natural.

    But having said that, in which case should I use "I wish I would (+verb)"??
    As ROMAN 55 suggested, is that not a British sentence???
    But I've actually read that more than once.

    I'll be greatful if you will keep helping me about this thread.

    Thanks again

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    Re: How to use I WISH properly

    I am not a teacher.

    'I wish you would…' is fine. It's 'I wish I would…' that's the problem. If you are the subject of your own wish, then just do it.

    'I wish I could…' is another matter.

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    Re: How to use I WISH properly

    I have no problem with "I wish I would" in appropriate contexts. The lottery is one of them. Even if it is the speaker's wish, the speaker cannot just go out and do it.

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