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    wish

    Hi there,

    I would like to know if it is correct to use the verb wish in the following examples:

    "I wish that you have a happy new year"/"I wish you to have a happy year"
    "I wish to buy a new car"
    "I wish that it will happen"
    Thank you and will you please tell me the way I could express these ideas if the sentences are wrong?

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    Re: wish

    I wish that you have a happy New Year.
    I wish you a happy New Year.
    I wish you to have a happy year. <...you a happy year>
    I wish to buy a new car.
    I wish that it will happen. <would happen>

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    Re: wish

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    I wish to buy a new car.
    Hi, Carla,
    bear in mind that this can be used in a formal style, meaning "I want to", "I would like to".
    I can not think of any formal situation in which you could say so. Try to say:
    I wish I had a car. (I do not have a car).
    I wish I could buy a car. (I can not buy a car).

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