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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    I wish the baby would stop crying

    Let's pretend that we hear a baby crying. It's been crying for a long time and we're trying to concentrate on something but it's literally impossible because the baby is distracting us.

    Is it all right to say:

    1) I wish the baby would stop crying
    2) I wish the baby wouldn't cry
    3) I wish the baby wouldn't be crying right now

    I'm pretty sure the first one is idiomatic but what about the other variants? Which one is correct?
    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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    #2

    Re: I wish the baby would stop crying

    They all lack a full stop, Boris. The first two would be OK with full stops. The third one would not.
    “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.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

  3. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: I wish the baby would stop crying

    I think the third would be OK if 'wouldn't be' were replaced with 'weren't'.
    I am not a teacher.

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