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    I wish I could have 30 hours a day rather than 24 hours.

    Is this sentence correct?

    I wish I could have 30 hours a day rather than 24 hours.

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    Re: I wish I could have 30 hours a day rather than 24 hours.

    I would say your sentence is not correct because it seems incomplete. The reader wonders "Why does he need more time?"

    I would also add "in" before "a day" also I would remove the second "hours". It is redundant. I would only mention the time if it was not the same as "hours"

    I wish I could have 30 hours in a day rather than 24. Then I could finish my work without rushing.
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    Re: I wish I could have 30 hours a day rather than 24 hours.

    Thanks teacher. So helpful and informative.

    Now I am studying for an IELTS exam and I am taking this test the next three months . Is this sentence OK to say?
    I wish I got my IELTS score already. or I wish I could have gotten my IELTS score.

    It is so confusing when we have to use "simple past tense" ad when "could/would/might + have + pp" in wish structure.

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    Re: I wish I could have 30 hours a day rather than 24 hours.

    'I wish I had already passed my IELTS exam.'
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    Re: I wish I could have 30 hours a day rather than 24 hours.

    A more succinct variant you'll hear is "I need a 30 hour day just to get everything done."

    I've also heard something like "He needs an eight day week to get it all done."
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    Re: I wish I could have 30 hours a day rather than 24 hours.

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    Thanks teacher. So helpful and informative.

    Now I am studying for an IELTS exam and I am taking this test the next three months . Is this sentence OK to say?
    I wish I got my IELTS score already. or I wish I could have gotten my IELTS score.

    It is so confusing when we have to use "simple past tense" ad when "could/would/might + have + pp" in wish structure.
    No, neither is a very good sentence.

    I might say:

    " I wish I knew my IELTS score. There are so many new opportunities that would become available to me assuming I passed, of course."

    Instead of just trying a small sentence, try expressing a whole thought. It is more interesting that way.
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