Posted by: Idioma Extra | October 16, 2014

Grammar Guru

Hope vs. Wish

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After this lesson, I hope you understand when to use these verbs. Actually, I wish you already knew!

Hope and wish have very similar meanings. We use them to express our desire for something different from how it is now. In a nutshell, hope mainly expresses a desire that is possible or likely to happen. Wish usually expresses a desire that is impossible or unlikely to happen. To express a future desire, hope usually takes a simple present verb, and wish mostly follows the pattern of thesecond conditional (i.e., using would and other past patterns). In the past, wish follows the pattern of the third conditional (i.e., using had + p.p.).


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