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  1. Senior Member
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    I wish he would(n't)

    Two questions:

    1) I wish you would stop smoking.
    What's the mood on the speaker's part? Is it a polite request? Would it depend on the intonation?

    2) If I hate John, and I know that he will come to my party tomorrow, can I say: "I wish he wouldn't come to my party tomorrow"?

  2. Raymott's Avatar
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    Re: I wish he would(n't)

    1. It's not a request because it's not a question. By itself, it's an assertion by one person that they would much prefer if the other person would stop smoking.
    2. Yes, you can, but more likely is "I hope he doesn't come".

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