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Hope and Wish


I hope she writes to me soon.
I hope they find the lost child soon.
I hope we don't have a war. 


HOPE structures
hope for + object           I'm  hoping for a letter from Eric.
hope      + infinitive        I hope to still be here next year.
hope      + that-clause   I hope that they get here soon.
hope so                           Will the boys give us flowers on Women' s Day?  I hope so.

Wish

Wishing  (usually,) is wanting something that is impossible, or that doesn't seem probable---being sorry that things are not different. 


I wish I could fly.
I wish I had more money.
I wish she would stop singing.


WISH structures
subject + wish + clause: subject + past tense
         I wish I was better-looking.  (were, if formal)
         I wish I spoke Cantonese.
         I wish something interesting would happen. 


subject + wish +.clause: subject + past perfect
         I wish I had gone on the camping trip.
         I wish I hadn't said that. // I wish I'd known earlier.
 
I hope it stops raining soon.  (=It may or may not stop; I would like it to stop).
I wish it would stop raining.  (= It doesn't look as if it's going to stop; I feel sorry about that.)
I hope you have a good vacation.    (= I want it to happen, but it is not under my control.)

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I hope she writes to me soon.
I hope they find the lost child soon.
I hope we don't have a war. 


HOPE structures
hope for + object           I'm  hoping for a letter from Eric.
hope      + infinitive        I hope to still be here next year.
hope      + that-clause   I hope that they get here soon.
hope so                           Will the boys give us flowers on Women' s Day?  I hope so.

Wish

Wishing  (usually,) is wanting something that is impossible, or that doesn't seem probable---being sorry that things are not different. 


I wish I could fly.
I wish I had more money.
I wish she would stop singing.


WISH structures
subject + wish + clause: subject + past tense
         I wish I was better-looking.  (were, if formal)
         I wish I spoke Cantonese.
         I wish something interesting would happen. 


subject + wish +.clause: subject + past perfect
         I wish I had gone on the camping trip.
         I wish I hadn't said that. // I wish I'd known earlier.
 
I hope it stops raining soon.  (=It may or may not stop; I would like it to stop).
I wish it would stop raining.  (= It doesn't look as if it's going to stop; I feel sorry about that.)
I hope you have a good vacation.    (= I want it to happen, but it is not under my control.)

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