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    would rather or wish?

    Hi everybody,
    would you please tell me which of the following sentences sound more meaningful or they mean the same?
    I would rather you wouldn't leave your dirty shoes in your room.
    and
    I wish you wouldn't leave your dirty shoes in your room.
    Generally asking:how do you use 'would rather' in future form?
    thanks to you all.

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    Re: would rather or wish?

    It should be I would rather you didn't leave....

    In meaning the two are the same to me, though 'I wish' can sound more critical.

    Also, if it's a one-off request, for example, to smoke in a room, then 'I'd rather you didn't, would be the form to use.

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    #3

    Re: would rather or wish?

    Can I say "I would rather you don't..."?

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    Re: would rather or wish?

    You'd be marked wrong in an exam for doing it.

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    #5

    Re: would rather or wish?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You'd be marked wrong in an exam for doing it.
    But is it acceptable is informal speech?

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    #6

    Re: would rather or wish?

    It's not a very informal structure, so, though you might come across occasional examples, I'd still say no.

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