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Hi! everyone.
Q 1-Could you tell me what should I use here and what is the difference between them?
-I wish she came back.
-I wish she would come back.
Are these both for present situation? I can't understand them.
Q 2-I want to know whether I use "I am or I was" in the present situation I mean in the present tense?
-I wouldn't like to let them know "I was better than them in study."
- -I wouldn't like to let them know "I am better than them in study."
Thanks!
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Q 1
-I wish she had come back.-- Past
-I wish she would come back. - Present, future
Are these both for present situation?-- Your original #1 was wrong.

Q 2
-I wouldn't like to let them know I was better than them in study.- Before
-I wouldn't like to let them know I am better than them in study.-- Nowadays
Thanks Sir for taking a look.
Mister MicawberAre these both for present situation?-- Your original #1 was wrong.
But the problem I am facing is when I search on google I find some peoples to have written "I wish she came back"
Don't we use past tense after wish (as a present wish I mean) such as the sentence "I wish I knew" I want to know when do we use simple past after- I wish... I know sentences like "I wish I had,I wish I were" but I am confused about the modals (would could) When do we use modals instead of simple past?
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But the problem I am facing is when I search on google I find some peoples to have written "I wish she came back"-- Some people's English is poor.

Don't we use past tense after wish (as a present wish I mean) such as the sentence "I wish I knew" I want to know when do we use simple past after- I wish... I know sentences like "I wish I had,I wish I were" but I am confused about the modals (would could) When do we use modals instead of simple past?-- Ah, I see—I had never noticed 'I wish I knew' as an exception before. 'I wish I thought so'; 'I wish you thought so', etc.... well, these are not really wishes; they are statements to the contrary (= 'I don't know'; 'you don't think so'). I wish she would come back is the standard real 'wish'. If I were really wishing for you to change your opinion, I would say, 'I wish you would think so'. I hope another poster can offer a clearer or more accurate explanation.
silak12when I search on google I find some peoples to have written "I wish she came back"
People may write such things, but that doesn't mean these are the best choices. In short, it depends whether the situation wished for is stative or dynamic.

Stative situations after wish take the past tense* for non-past reference, and they take the past perfect tense for past reference.

I wish she knew ... (now)
I wish she had known ... (then)

I wish he were ... (now)
I wish he had been ... (then)

She wishes they had more space to store all that junk. (now)
She wishes they had had more space to store all that junk. (then)

Dynamic situations after wish take the modal would for non-past reference, and they take the past perfect tense for past reference.

I wish she would come back. (now, soon, in the future)
I wish she had come back. (then)

I wish he would tell me the truth. (now, soon, in the future)
I wish he had told me the truth. (then)

He wishes she would stop complaining. (now, soon, in the future)
He wishes she had stopped complaining. (then)
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There are variants and subclasses of these patterns, but you probably ought to master these first.

CJ

*were for the verb to be.
Ah, thanks, CJ. I didn't think that far.
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Mister MicawberAh, thanks, CJ.
No problem. This wish stuff is a rat's nest.

CJ
Thanks! Sir Micawber and Calif for answering.
Mister Micawber'I wish I thought so'; 'I wish you thought so', etc.... well, these are not really wishes; they are statements to the contrary (= 'I don't know'; 'you don't think so'). I wish she would come back is the standard real 'wish'. If I were really wishing for you to change your opinion,
What I think about and got from your explanation about this sentence "I wish you thought so" is, we say it when there are very less chances of other person to change his mind or we say this because now its very late and the persons changing of mind or thinking will not make any difference.
And we say "I wish you would think so" when we have a little hope that other person will change his mind in the future.(Am I right?)
Or can I say "I wish you would think so" and "I wish you thought so" both for present. I mean,are they equal in meaning for present situation?
Thanks!
Hi! Calif thanks for taking a look.
CalifJimStative situations after wish take the past tense* for non-past reference, and they take the past perfect tense for past reference.
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