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    • Join Date: May 2006
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    #1

    I wish

    Hi,
    AFAIK, would in this construction either gives more emphasis, or denotes a request, annoyance or a desire to change the situation.
    I wonder if the difference between the following sentences is really meaningful to native speakers.
    1. I wish you didn't have to work so hard.
    2. I wish you wouldn't have to work so hard.

    Thanks in advance.


    • Join Date: Aug 2006
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    #2

    Re: I wish

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    AFAIK, would in this construction either gives more emphasis, or denotes a request, annoyance or a desire to change the situation.
    I wonder if the difference between the following sentences is really meaningful to native speakers.
    1. I wish you didn't have to work so hard.
    2. I wish you wouldn't have to work so hard.

    Thanks in advance.
    Yes, Humble, there is an emotive difference. Modal verbs, as you well know, are used to describe emotions and though I can't and won't say that the <didn't> sentence can't be expressed emotively, it is, in a normal neutral sense, much more, a statement of fact.


    • Join Date: May 2006
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    #3

    Re: I wish

    Thanks, Riverkid.

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