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      • South Korea
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    • Join Date: Sep 2007
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    #1

    I wish i would have taken .. vs. I wish i had taken..

    Dear my virtual english helpers,

    a) I wish I would have taken a chance earlier.

    b) I wish I had have taken a chance earlier.

    Would you explain the difference between above two sentences?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Join Date: May 2008
    • Posts: 80
    #2

    Re: I wish i would have taken .. vs. I wish i had taken..

    Dear my virtual english helpers, ==> My Dear Virtual English Helpers:

    Sorry, but neither of the following is correct:
    a) I wish I would have taken a chance earlier.
    b) I wish I had have taken a chance earlier.

    The correct answer is:
    I wish I had taken a chance earlier.

    After the verb 'wish':
    Present: I wish he would stop doing that. (I want him to stop doing that.)
    Past: I wish I had taken a typing class when I was in high school. (I should have taken a typing class in high school. Now I know it.)

    Note: Many native speakers say I wish I would have, but it's not technically correct. You won't find it in your grammar book.

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