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I am still wondering about "I wish I knew",


I wish I knew how math works/worked.

I wish I knew what her name was/is

I wish I knew whether you are/were honest with me,


I wish you knew what it means/meant


I wish I understood how math worked/works.


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I wish I knew is followed by an indirect question in either the present or the past if the proposition is of a sort of timeless, general nature.

So all of your choices are correct.

If the question is about an action which is indisputably in the past, then of course the past must be used.

I wish I knew who stole my wallet last night.

CJ

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Thank you.

So then

“I wish I knew what you are doing”

Could work as well?

franziska bohn

Thank you.

So then

“I wish I knew what you are doing”

Could work as well?

In the right situation it should work, but without any further context, my ear is telling me that 'were' sounds better than 'are' in this case, because it's not a timeless, general remark. (A proposition in a continuous tense seldom is.)

CJ

That's what I thought too. So if I were to say: "If I knew what you were doing, I wouldn't be asking you what you are doing." Can I leave "what are you doing" in the last part?

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Hello.

I will provide some context. I am standing next to my friend. She is doing something but I can't really tell what she is doing. She asks: "Do you know if I am doing this right?" I tell her: "If I knew/I wish what you are/were doing, I would tell you whether "you are/were doing" it right"."

franziska bohn"If I knew what you were doing, I wouldn't be asking you what you are doing."

This is good as is.

franziska bohnCan I leave "what are you doing" in the last part?

Yes.

CJ

franziska bohn

Hello.

I will provide some context. I am standing next to my friend. She is doing something but I can't really tell what she is doing. She asks: "Do you know if I am doing this right?" I tell her: "If I knew/I wish what you are/were doing, I would tell you whether "you are/were doing" it right"."

This is one of those cases where the tense (are/were) makes no difference. However, you'll find that most native speakers use "were".

By the way, this is sometimes called "the modal preterite". The past tense is not understood as the real past, and the listener mentally adjusts it to whatever tense is most appropriate in the given situation.

CJ

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So you mean for both: If I knew what you were doing, I would tell you whether you were doing it right.


Both tenses in the past?

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