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    Cool Wish + correct tense

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences correct?

    I wish he didn't come, but he does.

    I wish he had come, but he didn't.

    I wish he would come, but he won't.

    I wish he comes but he won't.

    I wish I could come, but I can't.

    I wish he will come, but he wouldn't.

    Are the tenses correct?

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    Re: Wish + correct tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences correct?

    I wish he didn't come, but he does. arguable

    I wish he had come, but he didn't.

    I wish he would come, but he won't.

    I wish he comes but he won't.

    I wish I could come, but I can't.

    I wish he will come, but he wouldn't.

    Are the tenses correct?

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    Re: Wish + correct tense

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I wish he didn't come, but he does. arguable
    This is okay.

    This guy comes to our poetry readings every week and he's so negative!
    I wish he didn't come, but he does.

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    Re: Wish + correct tense

    I wish he had come, but he didn't. I would suggest 'hasn't'.

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    Re: Wish + correct tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I wish he had come, but he didn't. I would suggest 'hasn't'.
    Why "hasn't"?
    The rule says: use wish + past perfect to say that you regret a past situation.
    I wish I hadn't said that. (= but I said it, and now I'm sorry.)

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    Re: Wish + correct tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    This is okay.

    This guy comes to our poetry readings every week and he's so negative!
    I wish he didn't come, but he does.
    That's why I said it's arguable. As long as you know exactly what the asker means, it's perfectly fine. However, personally, I'd rather say I wish he wouldn't in this case.

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    Re: Wish + correct tense

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    That's why I said it's arguable. As long as you know exactly what the asker means, it's perfectly fine. However, personally, I'd rather say I wish he wouldn't in this case.
    Since this sentence it's so arguable I will continue the argument.
    "I wish he wouldn't" is a valid thing to say in the context. But this implies that there could be a correct answer: 'I wish he wouldn't come, but he does' rather than being an argument against 'I wish he didn't come, but he does.'
    If a reasonable context is given to make the sentence right, I believe the sentence ceases to become arguably right/wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Since this sentence it's so arguable I will continue the argument.
    "I wish he wouldn't" is a valid thing to say in the context. But this implies that there could be a correct answer: 'I wish he wouldn't come, but he does' rather than being an argument against 'I wish he didn't come, but he does.'
    If a reasonable context is given to make the sentence right, I believe the sentence ceases to become arguably right/wrong.
    Fair enough.

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    So I cannot use wish + simple present & wish + future. Correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    So I cannot use wish + simple present & wish + future. Correct?
    Correct.

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