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Would you tell me the use of "I wish...would..."? In detail, can you explain the sentence " I wish it wouldn't be so cold today"? ( it is wrong or right? and why?)
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Would you tell me the use of "I wish...would..."? In detail, can you explain the sentence " I wish it wouldn't be so cold today"? ( it is wrong or right? and why?)
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Hi

I would rephrase your sentence:

I wish it were not so cold today. [ a present wish ]

Wish is used with:

1. past tense = present wish: I wish I had a new car.
2. past perfect = past regret: I wish I hadn failed my driving license exam last month.
3. would / could + verb [ short infinitive]:
a. future events: I wish you would wait for them at the airport tomorrow
b. annoying / irritating situations: I wish you wouldn`t make so much noise at night.
 

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I have a sittuation:
A husband is watching the weather forecast programme with his wife in the room. It 's cool outside. The forecaster says " It may be very cold today". Then the husband says " I wish it wouldn't be so cold today".
so does the sentence "I wish it wouldn't be so cold today" which the husband has just said express a wish with a future event?
 

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I have a sittuation:
A husband is watching the weather forecast programme with his wife in the room. It 's cool outside. The forecaster says " It may be very cold today". Then the husband says " I wish it wouldn't be so cold today".
so does the sentence "I wish it wouldn't be so cold today" which the husband has just said express a wish with a future event?

No! The husband is annoyed at the fact that the weather is cold. [ see my explanations above,please :3b ]

He wishes the weather wouldn`t be so cold.
 

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I have a sittuation:
A husband is watching the weather forecast programme with his wife in the room. It 's cool outside. The forecaster says " It may be very cold today". Then the husband says " I wish it wouldn't be so cold today".
so does the sentence "I wish it wouldn't be so cold today" which the husband has just said express a wish with a future event?
No, we just don't say it that way.
The husband is most likely to say: "I hope it isn't [cold today]."

This construction is usually reserved for habitual, ongoing actions, e.g.
"I wish he wouldn't talk like that!"
"I wish it (my car) wouldn't keep stalling."

It's not normally used for a single event in the present or future.
* "I wish it wouldn't be so cold tonight."

* "I wish my car wouldn't stall tomorrow morning" NO.
"I hope my car doesn't stall tomorrow morning." YES.
"I wish my car wouldn't stall every morning" YES.
 

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I have a sittuation:
A husband is watching the weather forecast programme with his wife in the room. It 's cool outside. The forecaster says " It may be very cold today". Then the husband says " I wish it wouldn't be so cold today".
so does the sentence "I wish it wouldn't be so cold today" which the husband has just said express a wish with a future event?

No, it's just a mistake. The forecaster has said it may be cold. The husband hopes it won't be (as in Raymott's '"I hope my car doesn't stall tomorrow morning." )

The husband could be said to wish something; he wishes that he were in a world where it wasn't going to be cold, or he wishes that he were doing something that would protect him from the cold: 'I wish I could stay in bed' ;-)

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No, it's just a mistake. The forecaster has said it may be cold. The husband hopes it won't be (as in Raymott's '"I hope my car doesn't stall tomorrow morning." )

The husband could be said to wish something; he wishes that he were in a world where it wasn't going to be cold, or he wishes that he were doing something that would protect him from the cold: 'I wish I could stay in bed' ;-)

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I understood! Thank three of you!^_^
 
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