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Hi. I have a problem with understanding the sence of a sentence that I ran onto today. It may seem simple to you, cause i guess, it's kind of obvious thing, but for me, as I am only learning english, it turned out to be pretty hard.

So that is the sentence:

"Royal visit to Ireland was followed by a mysterious disappearance of Irish crown jwels."

And my question is: what is the meaning of "was followed by" here ? Does that mean, that the jewels disappeared at first, and then was the visit, or it means that the disapperance was somehow connected with the visit, and the jewels were lost after that ?

Second thing, that I actually saw when writing this post and it made me wonder, if it is possible to say "I wish I would ..." just if it's correct to say something like that, cause i heard from ppl that it's not incorrect to put would after I wish I etc etc, and I just thought Why not ? Could someone explain that maybe on some examples or something ?

Thanks a lot for your effort Emotion: smile btw. it's my first time here.
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Anonymous"Royal visit to Ireland was followed by a mysterious disappearance of Irish crown jwels.
The royal visit to Ireland was followed by a mysterious disappearance of Irish crown jewels.

Some royals visited Ireland. After their visit the Irish crown jewels disappeared.

The author implies that there is a connection between the two events.
Anonymous"I wish I would ..." just if it's correct to say something like that, cause i heard from ppl that it's not incorrect to put would after I wish I etc etc, and I just thought Why not ? Could someone explain that maybe on some examples or something ?
These are fine:

I wish my brother would help me more.
I wish my father wouldn't smoke cigarettes.
I wish I would save more and shop less.

Compare with these:

Informal: I wish I would have paid more attention in class.
Formal: I wish I had paid more attention in class.

Informal: I wish I would have practiced more.
Formal: I wish I had practiced more.
Anonymous ... visit to Ireland was followed by ... disappearance
First, the visit. Next, the disappearance.
Anonymouswonder, if it is possible to say "I wish I would ..."
Not if you are the agent of the action. How sensible would that be?

I wish I would get up from this chair and get myself a drink of water.Emotion: big smile

I wish I would get in my car and drive to work.Emotion: big smile

I wish I would eat this food in front of me.Emotion: big smile

You wish for things you cannot control! Otherwise, it's not a wish!

You have control over whether you get up from a chair, whether you drive to work, whether you eat the food on your plate. You don't wish for such things! You just do them!

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However, if you are not an agent in the action, and you don't control the situation, you can use that pattern:

I wish I would win a lot of money.

This usage is pretty limited, though. Usually you are the agent of an action when you say I.

CJ
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CalifJimYou have control over whether you get up from a chair, whether you drive to work, whether you eat the food on your plate. You don't wish for such things! You just do them!
That's a great positive philosophy. But sometimes we get into a rut and wish it were otherwise... How many folks have you heard say something like this?

I wish I would lose ten pounds so I could fit into last year's swimsuit. Emotion: smile
Hi, again.

I'm that anonymous that started this thread (well not anonymous anymore Emotion: big smile) I really appreciate that you all answered me that fast, and cleared my doubts right away. Thanks a lot Emotion: smile
Hi Voss,

Welcome to the Forums (officially!)

You see that we have some great fun here, even though the topic is usually rather serious.

Regards,
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AlpheccaStarsI wish I would lose ten pounds so I could fit into last year's swimsuit.
I think I usually hear "couldlose ten pounds" in that pattern, but all the same, I see your point. Emotion: smile

"I wish I would" seems to abdicate responsibility completely. It's a wish for magic to happen!

CJ
Yea, that why the weight loss industry is worth billions and billions.

It never ceases to amuse me that the supermarket checkout lines have 3 types of magazines - ones about losing weight, others about cooking delicious stuff, and the incredulous gossip rags.
AlpheccaStarsthe incredulous gossip rags
My favorite! Especially the stories about the celebrities who give birth to two-headed aliens from outer space! Emotion: rofl

CJ
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