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    #1

    Wish

    Seems to me that it is considered wrong to say it this way:

    I wish I WOULD HAVE spent less time working/ taken more risks/done this.....etc

    However I can see it's written.

    Should it be

    I wish I spent/took/did....etc?

    (When said, let's say, looking back at life when dying).

    Tnanks.

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    #2

    Re: Wish

    You should write I wish I had spent less time doing whatever.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Wish

    If I am talking about my childhood (something definitely in the past), then sure.
    If I am talking about now, then " I wish I spent more time with my family"?
    If I am talking about my last 10 years, then....?

    Thanks.

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    #4

    Re: Wish

    I wish I could spend more time with my family.
    I wish I had spent more time with my family in the past 10 years/in my childhood.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Wish

    How about:

    I haven't spent enough time with my family for the past 10 years. I wish I could spend more time with my family.

    Can I say: I wish I spent more time with my family? (Like in: I wish I was/were rich)

    Thanks.

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    #6

    Re: Wish

    To me, 'I wish I could spend' makes more sense than 'I wish I spent'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Wish

    It is a hypothetical case talking about something from the past. I think "I wish I spent.." is incorrect.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: Wish

    I wish I could spend more time with my family.
    I wish I had more time to spend with my family.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: Wish

    I wish I had spent ... - I regret that I did not spend ...
    I wish I could have spent ... - I regret that I could not spend ...

    I wish that I spent ... - I regret that I do not spend ...
    I wish I could spend ... - I regret that I cannot spend ...

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    #10

    Re: Wish

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    It is a hypothetical case talking about something from the past.
    I think it refers to an unreal situation in the present.
    I am not a teacher.

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