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    would have vs wish

    1. I would like to have met Napoleon.2. I wish I had met Nepoleon.Do you think that the above two sentences are correct? If both are correct, do you find any difference between them? I would be happy if someone help me to understand this fact.Thanks in advance.

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    Re: would have vs wish

    Both express a desire to have encountered Napoleon.
    “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: would have vs wish

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Both express a desire to have encountered Napoleon.
    I think the intensity of desire to meet with Napoleon is not same for both sentences. But I don't know which one shows greater intensity.

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    Re: would have vs wish

    How much can you want to do something that is impossible?

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    Re: would have vs wish

    Quote Originally Posted by Azah View Post
    1. I would like to have met Napoleon.
    2. I wish I had met Napoleon.
    The second conveys a sense of regret that the first doesn't.

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