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    wish about the past

    Hello, dear forum users!

    1) You are yelling. It annoys me. = I wish you wouldn't be yelling!
    2) You were yelling yesterday. It annoyed me. = I wish you wouldn't have been yelling yesterday? OR I wish you hadn't been yelling yesterday?

    I'm interested in sentence N2: how do you make wishes about something that annoyed you in the past?

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    Re: wish about the past

    For a start, the continuous is a little unnatural in those sentences, particularly in the second.

    You are yelling. It annoys me. = I wish you wouldn't yell/I wish you weren't yelling [right now].
    You were yelling yesterday. It annoyed me. = I wish you hadn't yelled yesterday.

    You can quite reasonably wish now that something hadn't happened, just as you can wish that something had happened.

    I wish I hadn't sold my house for such a low price.
    I wish I had won the lottery.

    "Wish" isn't used only to refer to the future. When we use "wish" to refer to the past, it usually indicates some level of regret.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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