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I needed to travel against my wishes. Which of the following could I say?
1) I wish I hadn't had to travel.
2) I wish I haven't had to travel.

3) I wish I didn't have to travel.
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BulbulTadaI needed to travel against my wishes. Which of the following could I say?
1) I wish I hadn't had to travel.
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1) I wish I hadn't had to travel. (I did have to travel, and I did travel.)
2) I wish I haven't had to travel. (Wrong!)
3) I wish I didn't have to travel. (I have to travel in the future.)
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CJ
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And if I have been needing to travel, I suppose the following are correct to say.
1) I wish I don't need to travel.
2) I wish I haven't been needing to travel.
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BulbulTadaAnd if I have been needing to travel
That's the future. After 'wish', the future is expressed with the past tense. I know it sounds crazy, but that's true. Emotion: smile
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I wish I didn't need to travel. (This is what you need to say.)
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"have been needing to travel" isn't even really idiomatic. Either you [need / will need] to travel (future) or you needed to travel (past).
BulbulTada1) I wish I don't need to travel. 2) I wish I haven't been needing to travel.
I'm sorry to say that both of these are wrong, as explained above.
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CJ
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I wish I didn't make mistakes and find EnglishForward so helpful to me!
I wish I didn't make mistakes.
I wish I didn't find EnglishForward so helpful to me! (A rather underhanded compliment!)

Do I mean I would like to happen, or I would like to have happened?

1) I wish I read (/red/) books.

2) I wish I read (/red/) books in the past few years.

3) I wish I had read (/red/) books in the past few years.

BulbulTadaDo I mean I would like to happen, or I would like to have happened?1) I wish I read (/red/) books.2) I wish I read (/red/) books in the past few years.3) I wish I had read (/red/) books in the past few years.

I now see my mistake. Could you please let me know if I am still wrong?

1) I wish I read books. I would like to happen (in the present/future)

2) I wish I had read books in the past few years. (I would like to have happened in the past)

3) I wish I had read books in the past few years. same as the above #2

Is the construct 'I wish I would...' about present or future?

I wish I would read books.

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On second thoughts, it looks like 'I wish I would read books.' could be about past, present or future depending upon what is being said.

1) Anon would read books. I wish I would read books (too). (I wish it happened in the past)

2) I wish I would read books. ( I would like it to be true, either in the past, now or future)

3) I wish I read books. (same as the previous, #2)

Do you think I got it ok now?