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    what follows "wish"

    Hello again,

    I've read that the verb "wish" is always followed with "would + infinitive" if the verb in question is an action verb i.e :

    I wish he would tell me ..
    I wish she would make up her mind ..etc

    But I've googled and found many hits for :

    I wish I worked there..

    I wish they played ..and so on

    I wonder whether the past form of the verb is also acceptable after the verb "wish" and if so, does it refer to future time ?

    Thanks for the answers

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    Re: what follows "wish"

    In your examples, "wish" refers to present time. Example:
    I wish I worked there. They treat their people well.

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    Re: what follows "wish"

    Thanks RonBee again ,

    And again I've missed to make my question complete. Sorry and if you would answer me if the sentences 1 and 2 are interchangeable and equally acceptable :

    1. I wish I worked there. They treat their people well.

    2. I wish I would work there. They treat their people well.


    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by velimir View Post
    Thanks RonBee again ,

    And again I've missed to make my question complete. Sorry and if you would answer me if the sentences 1 and 2 are interchangeable and equally acceptable :

    1. I wish I worked there. They treat their people well.

    2. I wish I would work there. They treat their people well.


    Thanks again
    They are not interchangeable, and I doubt that the second one is used at all. (You could say "I wish I could work there" or "I would like to work there".)


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    Re: what follows "wish"

    Hello RonBee,

    First to tell you that I'm happy to find you here and get immediate answers on my questions
    Would you give a brief comment about why the most of action verbs appear as "would + infinitive" after the verb "wish" and some do not. Let me take "talk" for example. I believe that this sentence would be unacceptable :

    I wish she talked to me .

    but :

    I wish she would talk to me .

    I believe is ok .


    Best regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by velimir View Post
    Hello RonBee,

    First to tell you that I'm happy to find you here and get immediate answers on my questions
    Would you give a brief comment about why the most of action verbs appear as "would + infinitive" after the verb "wish" and some do not. Let me take "talk" for example. I believe that this sentence would be unacceptable :

    I wish she talked to me .

    but :

    I wish she would talk to me .

    I believe is ok .


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    The two above are okay.

    The thing is that you don't use would with the same person, but could instead:

    I wish I could (not would) work there.
    He wishes he could (not would) work there.
    They wish they could (not would) work there.


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    Re: what follows "wish"

    Hello Engee,

    Thank you very much for your answer . You say that both :

    I wish she talked to me .

    and

    I wish she would talk to me.

    are acceptable. And that is exactly the problem that's troubling me . I've read more than once that when you talk about someone else's situation you use the construction "would + infinitive" with the action verbs , but I see "V-ed" form used instead many times as in the above examples . Also I have to say that more often I find "would + infinitive" anyway.I'd like if you would comment on this briefly.

    Thank you very much for your answer again

    Best regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by velimir View Post
    Hello Engee,

    Thank you very much for your answer . You say that both :

    I wish she talked to me .

    and

    I wish she would talk to me.

    are acceptable. And that is exactly the problem that's troubling me . I've read more than once that when you talk about someone else's situation you use the construction "would + infinitive" with the action verbs , but I see "V-ed" form used instead many times as in the above examples . Also I have to say that more often I find "would + infinitive" anyway.I'd like if you would comment on this briefly.

    Thank you very much for your answer again

    Best regards
    Let me show you the difference between the two in the following example sentences (and this is the way I feel about it):

    I wish she talked to me more often. (She actually talks to me sometimes, but not as often as I wish she did; the state of her talking to me)

    I wish she would talk to me. (She doesn't want to talk to me, or she may not talk to me at all, and I wish she would; I'd like her to change her attitude towards me so that she wanted to talk to me; the wish for a change)

    While the first tells us about the current state of affairs, the other is just asking for somebody's change.


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    Re: what follows "wish"

    Hello Engee,

    Again , thanks for your help. To be honest it seems that I need to put more attention on this topic to grasp the nuances, and eventually bother you again with more questions. I really appreciate your help.

    Best regards

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