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hela

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Dear teachers,

1) Would you please tell me if the following sentences are correct and if they have different meanings:

a) I wish you WOULD COME to my party.
b) I wish you COME to my party.
c) I wish you CAME to my party.

“Please come to my party.” (sentence transformation) =
I wish you would come to my party OR I wish you come to my party ?

2) when do we use the present subjunctive after "wish" and expressions followed by "that" and when do we use "should + infinitive"?

Your help is very much appreciated.
Best regards,
Hela
 

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hela said:
Dear teachers,

1) Would you please tell me if the following sentences are correct and if they have different meanings:

a) I wish you WOULD COME to my party.
b) I wish you COME to my party.
c) I wish you CAME to my party.

Sentences a and c are correct. The verb in b must be "hope".
A expresses a hope for the future. In C, the party is over and the listener missed it. The past perfect would be better there, in my opinion.
I wish you had come to my party.

“Please come to my party.” (sentence transformation) =
I wish you would come to my party OR I wish you come to my party ?

The first.

2) when do we use the present subjunctive after "wish" and expressions followed by "that" and when do we use "should + infinitive"?

I am having a difficult time coming up with a present subjunctive after "wish that". We use the past subjunctive quiote often for things that we wish were true but aren't. I also don't use "should + infinitive" after "wish that", but a Brit might. :wink:
 

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I agree with Mike. Say:
  • I wish you had come to my party.
"I wish you came to my party" doesn't make sense to me. The use of "would come" in this context indicates desire; the used of "had come" indicates disappointment.

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RonBee said:
I agree with Mike. Say:
  • I wish you had come to my party.
"I wish you came to my party" doesn't make sense to me. The use of "would come" in this context indicates desire; the used of "had come" indicates disappointment.

:)

Good explanation. People do use the simple past there, but it grates on my ear. :x
 
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