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    is there a difference?

    Hello,
    You are waiting for somone's call. You say:
    "I hope she calls" and
    " I hope she will call" is there a difference in meaning?

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    Re: is there a difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by light View Post
    Hello,
    You are waiting for somone's call. You say:
    "I hope she calls" and
    " I hope she will call" is there a difference in meaning?
    Actually there is no serious difference making a trouble in understanding what time she is going to call you, when whether you are using "I hope she calls" or "I hope she will call". But If you want to use the first one, it's a little arbitrary to be told but what if we use the second sentence? I think it will show the fact that you are making her to call you in the future! E.g. I hope you be at there is rather mellow in comparision to I hope you will be at there!

    But totally I can't see any important difference!

    Not a teacher!

    Cheers,
    P

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    Re: is there a difference?

    The first answer expresses a wish or desire and is in the subjunctive mood. The verb form “calls” is however in the indicative instead of the subjunctive “call”. The second one uses a complex structure in which the dependent clause expresses the simple future tense. In my view the difference is slight, if any.

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    Re: is there a difference?

    buddhaheart,
    thank you for the reply. these sentences are from a text book given as examples but with no explanation. which one would you use if you were expecting a call from somone?
    (I know the subjunctive mood, what I want to know is the slight difference you talked about)

    PS: wish everyone had buddhahearts...

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    Re: is there a difference?

    I would use the first one in the interest of tense simplification in dependent clauses. Although the verb “wish” is not in the future form, it refers to or implies futurity in your sentence. Simple present should therefore be used in the subordinate clause. For example, I would say “I wish you do well tomorrow.” instead of “I wish you *will do well tomorrow.”


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    Re: is there a difference?

    Should we use ' I hope she would come?' Is it better than 'I hope she will come'??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanlethi2603 View Post
    Should we use ' I hope she would come?' Is it better than 'I hope she will come'??????
    I hope she would come (if I asked her to).
    I hope she will come (if I ask her to).
    I hope she comes.



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    Re: is there a difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by light View Post
    Hello,
    You are waiting for somone's call. You say:
    "I hope she calls" and
    " I hope she will call" is there a difference in meaning?
    Only "I hope she calls" makes sense to me.

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