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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    I wish they'd hurry up / hurried up

    Aren't they ready yet? I wish they'd hurry up / hurried up.

    What is the real difference between "would hurry up" and "hurried up" in the conversation above. My grammar book says that "would hurry up" is correct because we often use "I wish...would" to complain about a situation. What if I'm not annoyed that they're not ready yet and I'm simply asking. Just out of curiosity. Thus, I don't want to show any annoyance. Is it OK to go for "hurried up" in this case?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: I wish they'd hurry up / hurried up

    With "I wish they would hurry up" you are talking about now. With "I wish they hurried up" you are suggesting that, as a rule, they never hurry and you wish that they did.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 06-Feb-2016 at 14:16. Reason: Fixing typo.
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    #3

    Re: I wish they'd hurry up / hurried up

    I think it could be used in a context like 'I wish they hurried up in the morning so as not to be late'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I wish they'd hurry up / hurried up

    I would only use would hurry up.
    I am not a teacher.

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