Hope + would ?

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Hello... Can somebody help me this?
"I hope you'd be successful." (would be...)
Is this correct? Because I know the subjunctive hope can also work with the modal verb would, meaing that the speaker is expressing the suppostional and unreal nature of that hope. Please help me. I am a little confused with the subjunctive use of hope. I've read a lot of materials and each of them says a different thing about the usage of hope in the "subjunctive" sense. Thanks!
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Hi Joseph

I'd write I hope you will be successful.
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Yeah, thanks! But some writers say that the "will" after hope is completely anomalous in grammar. Don't we say instead, " I hope you be successful."? And in which context can I possibly have the combination hope + would? Is this combination possible sometimes? Thanks again...
Mighty JosephYeah, thanks! But some writers say that the "will" after hope is completely anomalous in grammar. Don't we say instead, " I hope you be successful."? And in which context can I possibly have the combination hope + would? Is this combination possible sometimes?
'I hope you be successful' is correct, but rarely used. 'I hope you are successful' is correct.

I hoped you would succeed. (hoped + would).
Hi - and welcome to English Forums.

I hope you succeed. (I don't see anything wrong with "I hope you will succeed," but "I hope you succeed" is fine.)

I hope you will be successful.

I HAD hoped that you would have successed.

I hope you be successful sounds mighty odd to me.
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wow! thanks a lot for your help...
I hoped you would succeed. (hoped + would).

I hoped you would be successful. (hoped + would).
Anonymous:
Joseph:
It would be correct to say either of the following depending on your intended meaning:

1. I had (or the contraction I'd) hoped you would be (or the contraction you'd) be successful.
.......the implication here is that you were not successful.

2. I hope you will (or the contraction you'll) be successful. Some grammarians specify using the verb wish instead of hope in this construction: I wish for your success.
.......future outcome.

I hope this is helpful!
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Mighty JosephBecause I know the subjunctive hope can also work with the modal verb would, meaing that the speaker is expressing the suppostional and unreal nature of that hope. Please help me. I am a little confused with the subjunctive use of hope.
As far as I know, hope does not take the subjunctive in English.

The present of hope usually takes the future (will).
The past of hope usually takes the future of the past (would).

I hope he will be successful.
I hoped he would be successful.

Neither of these has anything to do with the subjunctive.

CJ
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