Answered By: Writing Center
Last Updated: Apr 28, 2015     Views: 1

We use I wish ... would ... when we want something to happen or when we want somebody to do something. The speaker is not happy with the present situation. 

e.g.: The phone has been ringing for five minutes. I wish somebody would answer it.

I wish ... would ... is also used to complain about things people do repeatedly.

e.g.: I wish you wouldn't keep interrupting me.

We use I wish ... would ... for actions and changes, not situations.

e.g.: I wish Sarah would come.

 

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