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Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2014 02:37 am
1.I am so desperate i wish i (not move) ______ to this place
2.As far as Mr and Mrs Brown were concerned the hotel (should close)_____ until adequate staff (employ)____

Can anyone suggest what tense should be used and why? I am trying to remember some rules be practicing some grammar exercises like this. If anyone knows a good grammar website for foreigners i would highly appreciate.
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Bazza6
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Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2014 09:15 am
@jonnywalker00,
"If anyone knows a good grammar website for foreigners i would highly appreciate."

If anyone knows a good grammar website for foreigners,(COMMA) I would BE GREATLY APPRECIATIVE.
1. I am so desperate i wish i (not move) ______ to this place.

The verb 'to wish' can be used in a variety of different ways:
Wishes about the present and future
1. We use wish + Simple Past Tense to express that we want a situation in the present (or future) to be different.
• I wish I spoke Italian. (I don't speak Italian.)
• I wish I had a big car. (I don't have a big car.)
• I wish I was on a beach. (I'm in the office.)

Future:
I wish it was the weekend tomorrow. (It's only Thursday tomorrow.)

2. We use wish + Past Continuous Tense to express that we want to be doing a different action in the present (or future).
• I wish I was lying on a beach now. (I'm sitting in the office.)
• I wish it wasn't raining. (It is raining.)
• I wish you weren't leaving tomorrow. (You are leaving tomorrow.)

Wishes about the past
1. We use wish + Past Perfect to express a regret, or that we want a situation in the past to be different.
• I wish I hadn't eaten so much. (I ate a lot.)
• I wish they'd come on holiday with us. (They didn't come on holiday with us.)
• I wish I had studied harder at school. (I was lazy at school.)

Wish + would
1. We use wish + would + bare infinitive to express impatience, annoyance or dissatisfaction with a present action.
• I wish you would stop smoking. (You are smoking at the moment and it is annoying me.)
• I wish it would stop raining. (I'm impatient because it is raining and I want to go outside.)
• I wish she'd be quiet. (I am annoyed because she is speaking.)

In (1), the sentence is talking about a regret that we have for something done in the past. So, we use 'wish + Past Perfect' :
"I am so desperate, I wish I HADN'T MOVED to this place."

re (2) : the use of 'were' places their concern in the past. So:
"As far as Mr and Mrs Brown were concerned,COMMA) the hotel should HAVE BEEN CLOSED until adequate staff WERE EMPLOYED."
('staff' regarded as individual employees, and so the plural verb.)
jonnywalker00
 
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Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2014 11:05 am
@Bazza6,
wow, thank you! that's a very detailed answer,

btw,are you a teacher of English?


Bazza6
 
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Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2014 02:37 pm
@jonnywalker00,
I've been tutoring in English to non-native speakers for about 12 years. I became interested in doing that, because I love the English language.
So I have many files that I have compiled over the years that I draw on to answer the questions I often get asked.

After the use of 'I wish...", the next one is usually, "I hope…".
dalehileman
 
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Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2014 02:40 pm
@jonnywalker00,
1.I'm so desperate I wish I hadn't moved here

2.As far as Mr and Mrs Brown were concerned the hotel should shut down until a more nearly adequate staff can be assembled
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Bazza6
 
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Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2014 04:51 pm
@Bazza6,
I've now left this forum.

Try
http://thegrammarexchange.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/frm/f/340600179
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Sir Neuron
 
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Reply Sat 22 Nov, 2014 09:23 am
@jonnywalker00,
Not sure of the level relating to the knowledge of Enlish Language you possess. The only language I know is English, and yet I have problems formulating and interpreting it myself. Consider the link to a nifty site below. Though it may seem as a bit to much information, I think it covers an abundants of essential details that other sites lack . I'll like to master the language as well. Maybe we can assist each other. Let me know how the site appeals to you. Enjoy!!

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/simplepresent.html
jonnywalker00
 
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Reply Tue 2 Dec, 2014 09:14 am
@Sir Neuron,
thanks for the website, it seems cool at first impression, very detailed.
Sir Neuron
 
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Reply Sun 7 Dec, 2014 12:06 pm
@jonnywalker00,
jonnywalker00 wrote:

thanks for the website, it seems cool at first impression, very detailed.



No sweat
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McTag
 
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Reply Sun 7 Dec, 2014 04:56 pm
@jonnywalker00,

Quote:
English tense


French more relaxed.

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