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Message de lenabliss posté le 05-12-2013 à 18:11:35 (S | E | F)
Could you help me please ?
I don't understand how to use wish.
My teacher told me that when I want to express a regret I can use WISH + PLUS PERFECT and when it is a desire WISH + PRESENT PERFECT.
Is is correct ?
Modifié par lucile83 le 05-12-2013 23:47
Réponse: Regrets Souhaits/ Wish de gerondif, postée le 05-12-2013 à 18:32:04 (S | E)
You have just met a magnificent boy and you have invited him to your party! Who knows? He might be "the one"!
I wish he would come: expresses a wish about the future. everything is still possible.
I wish he came: Your party started an hour ago, you are a little impatient and worried but he might still come, there is still hope.
I wish he had come: You are cleaning up the mess after the party, he never showed up, you are disappointed, it is a regret.
I don't think you can use I wish + present perfect.It is wrong.
Réponse: Regrets Souhaits/ Wish de lenabliss, postée le 05-12-2013 à 18:43:40 (S | E)
Thank you for your answer.
If I have understood, to express a regret with WISH I must use the PLUPERFECT. Like in the last sentence.
To express a hope I must use the other tenses.
Is it a good generalisation?
Modifié par lucile83 le 05-12-2013 23:43
Réponse: Regrets Souhaits/ Wish de gerondif, postée le 05-12-2013 à 18:53:28 (S | E)
"If I have understand(understood) to express a regret with WISH I must use the PLUPERFECT. Like(as you did) in the last sentence Yes!
To express a hope I must use the other temps. (tenses)
Réponse: Regrets Souhaits/ Wish de bluduck2, postée le 06-12-2013 à 10:13:42 (S | E)
Hello lenabliss !
REGRET Until you feel confident with the structure , I suggest replacing "I wish" par "if only".
Ex --1 My mother can't come and visit us for Xmas --If only /I wish/ she could come and visit but she can't (=Je regrette qu'elle ne vienne pas pour Noël.)
Ex --2 Last week was Thanksgiving ,my mother was ill ,she was not able to come --If only/I wish /she had been able to come .
(=Je regrette qu'elle ne soit pas venue)
Hope this helps !
Réponse: Regrets Souhaits/ Wish de lenabliss, postée le 07-12-2013 à 16:28:46 (S | E)
Thank you very much for you help now it is clear for me.
Have a good week.
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