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    Help with "I wish I were" rich.

    Please can someone help me break this down, what form it is and what which tense this is in. Important words are "I wish I were"


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    Re: Help with "I wish I were" rich.

    Were is the subjunctive - used to express a wish, a demand, a requirement, an exhortation, or a statement contrary to fact.


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    Re: Help with "I wish I were" rich.

    Quote Originally Posted by river View Post
    Were is the subjunctive - used to express a wish, a demand, a requirement, an exhortation, or a statement contrary to fact.
    The past form 'were' denotes an unfulfilled condition.
    " I wish I were rich."
    Meaning, "I am not rich, and I desire to be rich."

    "were" is also used in the following example to show an unreal condition.
    " He kissed her as if she were his daughter."
    Here, the girl is not his daughter. But he kissed her as he would kiss his daughter.

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    Re: Help with "I wish I were" rich.

    Thanks but what is the target language? Is it present tense or present continuous or other?


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    Re: Help with "I wish I were" rich.

    Quote Originally Posted by arabiangoddess View Post
    Thanks but what is the target language? Is it present tense or present continuous or other?
    I assume you mean the 'target tense'?

    "I wish (that) I were rich."

    The first clause is in the present simple tense (indicative mood), and the second is in the past simple tense (subjunctive mood).

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