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    Wish

    a) I wish you weren't so noisy.
    b) I wish you wouldn't be so noisy.
    c) I wish the elevator would be faster.

    Is sentence b right (if I meant the I know that you will refuse to stop making noise)? In what context would you use b instead of a? Is c right?
    Last edited by beachboy; 09-Jun-2017 at 14:48.

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    Re: Wish

    b is OK. c isn't.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Wish

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    b is OK. c isn't.
    Is the context I pointed out in sentence b right? Can sentence b have 2 different meanings, i.e., can it mean that I am asking you not to make noise?

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    Re: Wish

    I would say "I wish you weren't so noisy" if I were referring to someone's general habit of being noisy.
    I might say "I wish you wouldn't be so noisy" if I were speaking to someone who was being noisy at the time. However, at that point, I would be more likely to say "I wish you would stop making so much noise" or "Please stop being so noisy".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Wish

    What if I know that somebody hates parties, and I know that he won't accept my invitation for tomorrow's party? Would there be a difference between these two sentences?

    1) I wish you would come to my party tomorrow.
    2) I wish you would be here tomorrow.

    I'm asking these questions because I want to come to a conclusion about the use of "wish - would - be".

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    Re: Wish

    1 is OK provided, as you said, the person has already declined your invitation. 2 isn't. 2 should use "hope" in "I hope you will be here tomorrow/I hope you will come tomorrow". However, that wouldn't work if they had declined already.
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    Re: Wish

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    1 is OK provided, as you said, the person has already declined your invitation. 2 isn't. 2 should use "hope" in "I hope you will be here tomorrow/I hope you will come tomorrow". However, that wouldn't work if they had declined already.
    I can't understand why I can use verb to come but not verb to be in the same context, i.e., when I know that somebody won't come to my party (or won't be there).

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    Re: Wish

    That is because "be here" is not at all clear. Where is "here"?

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    Re: Wish

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    That is because "be here" is not at all clear. Where is "here"?
    Here at the party. I wish you would be at the party.

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    Re: Wish

    We just don't use it for future desires in that way.

    I wish you were coming to the party. (We know the person has said they're not coming.)
    I hope you [will] come to my party. (We don't know if the person plans to come or not.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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