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Autor:  sh..w..c..ould
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Data:  10/DEZ/2009 12:00 AM
Assunto:  wish would?
 
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Q: How can I complete this sentence?

I´ll have to travel on business on Sunday and I´m sorry about this. I wish I ...............

 

 

A: There are many correct possible answers

 

Didn’t have to

 

Could stay

 

Was unemployed

 

Didn’t travel for work

 

(You’ll notice the verb form is remote to indicate unreality – a lot of people refer to the form as past – but it’s not  ... we are after all talking about the future)

 

Q: Why would a language use a past verb form to talk about the future? 

A: It doesn’t, it’s just that people don’t understand its structure.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
wish would?  –  Leandrinho  09/DEZ/2009, 10:35 PM
wish would?  –  Fran  10/DEZ/2009, 12:00 AM
 wish would?  –  sh..w..c..ould  10/DEZ/2009, 12:00 AM

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