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    to wish + object clause in response

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to check up the following responds to the given questions with "I wish" followed by an object clause containing a verb-an auxiliary (affirmative or contracted negative form) or a modal verb. Be careful of the verb-forms in object clauses.

    1. Can you play the piano?
    I wish I could. But I’ve never been taught.
    2. Have you got a separate flat?
    I wish I had. I haven’t lived in any lodgings but rented rooms since I came here.
    3. Do you know much about painting?
    I wish I did. But I’ve had no chance of studying it.
    4. Are you feeling well?
    I wish I were. But I haven’t been myself for the last 2 or 3 days.
    5. Have you got a TV set?
    I wish we hadn’t. There is not a moment of quiet in the evening.
    6. Will it rain tomorrow?
    I wish it wouldn’t. I’ll have to spend the whole day out-of-doors.
    7. Has Bob taken up engineering?
    I wish he had. But he’s entered the Teachers Training College instead.
    8. Did you break the news to your sister?
    I wish I hadn’t. She took it too much to heart.

    I know the meaning of the expression “break the news” = “make something known”, very close to the meaning of the expression “break a story”, namely "to reveal a news item or make it available for publication”.

    But there are no words for the eccentric and a little fishy interpretation of the expression “break a leg” = “Good luck!” as in Play well, Rob--break a leg!Would you be so kind to tell me something about the origin of this imperative to a performer about to go onstage which is unclear for me?

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.


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    Re: to wish + object clause in response

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to check up the following responds to the given questions with "I wish" followed by an object clause containing a verb-an auxiliary (affirmative or contracted negative form) or a modal verb. Be careful of the verb-forms in object clauses.


    6. Will it rain tomorrow?
    I wish it wouldn’t. I’ll have to spend the whole day out-of-doors.



    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.
    Only 6 seems odd, Vil. "I wish it wouldn't [rain]" expresses a clear counterfactual. Because we never are completely certain whether it will rain or not, a counterfactual sounds a little odd. A way more natural choice would be as below.

    6. Will it rain tomorrow?
    I hope it doesn’t. I’ll have to/I have to spend the whole day out-of-doors.

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    Re: to wish + object clause in response

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    But there are no words for the eccentric and a little fishy interpretation of the expression “break a leg” = “Good luck!” as in Play well, Rob--break a leg!Would you be so kind to tell me something about the origin of this imperative to a performer about to go onstage which is unclear for me?
    I could copy and paste and get the credit for it.
    But I think I'd better give you the link:

    Break a leg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Re: to wish + object clause in response

    With 2 and 5, I'd say "I wish I did" and "I wish I didn't," respectively.

    I wish I did have one, I wish I didn't have one.

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    Hi riverkid,

    Thank you for your competent emendation of my original text in my post above.

    Regard.

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    Hi Kraken,

    Thank you for your edifying link. It came up to my requirements concerning the origin of the expression "break a leg". You proved in practice that you are a resourceful person. Thank you again for your helpful post.

    Regards.

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    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you for your precise amendations. Your versions have certainly more verisimilar sounding than the written from me initially in my post above.

    Regards.

    V.

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