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    Cool I hope VS. I wish

    When do you use I hope...and When do you use I there any articles on this site about these topics?

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    Re: I hope VS. I wish

    Great avatar!

    In my opinion, "hope" is for something that is possible, and perhaps probably, while "wish" if for something possible but unlikely as well as impossible.

    If I am running late because of bad traffic, I may hope the traffic clears soon, but wish I had a flying car.

    If you write a few sample sentences, we can see which one is more appropriate.

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    Cool Re: I hope VS. I wish

    I hope to see you soon or I wish to see you soon...I think both of them make sense...

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    Re: I hope VS. I wish

    Quote Originally Posted by luciexoxo View Post
    I hope to see you soon or I wish to see you soon...I think both of them make sense...
    1...They both make sense but "hope" is more common and less formal. "wish" is more authorative. Your doctor or your boss will say 'I wish to see you soon.', when it is actually an order or request, not a hope.

    2..."wish" is used to express a regret about the past. 'I wish I had done that years ago.' (not "hope")

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    Re: I hope VS. I wish

    Judging by the responses here, Bosun was not the only one confused by the differences between hope and wish.

    Hope does have the meaning of 'want'.

    Grammatically, after we use 'I hope' we often use a present tense with a future meaning...

    I hope she likes (=will like) the flowers.
    I hope the bus comes soon.

    This is similar to the use of 'I bet', but with 'I hope' the speaker does not have any certainty that the future result will occur, just the desire.

    Wish can also have the meaning of 'want.' for example when we use wish + an infinitive, but this is very formal.

    EX: I wish to see the manager, please. (NOTE; We cannot use present continuous, "*I'm wishing to see the manager.")

    An object + infinitive structure is also possible to mean want.

    We do not wish our names to appear in public. (Note; wish + direct object is NOT normally possible. ex: *I wish an appointment with the manager.)

    When we use wish with a that clause (we can drop the that in informal speech) wish does NOT mean want, but expresses regret that things are not different, and refers to situations that are unreal, impossible or unlikely.

    I wish (that) I was better looking.
    Don't you wish (that) you could fly?

    Wish + that clause is NOT generally used for wishes about things that seem possible in the future. In these cases we usually use hope.

    I hope you pass your exams. NOT (I wish you would pass your exams.)
    I hope you feel better tomorrow. NOT (I wish you felt better tomorrow.)

    I hope this helps (and I have confidence it will)
    I wish that you will become a fluent speaker in 2008 (although I doubt that anyone can become fluent in just one year!!)

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