English as a Second Language/I wish sentences

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QUESTION: Hi Amy...Dev again

My question is about 'I wish' sentences.

I wish I would have been doing this.

Is this sentences correct?

I only see  'would,could,had' in sentences EXPRESSING WISHES AND WANTS.
CAN THE WORD 'BEEN' BE USED?

ANSWER: Hello Dev,

You canít use the conditional perfect when wishing something had happened, you need the past perfect.

The correct sentence should read:

I wish I had done this.

I hope this helps.

Best,



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QUESTION: Amy ....Please help me with the grammar of these two sentences.
Are these correct?

1-I wish I had been doing it till today.
2-I wish I could have been doing it so that I could earn well.

ANSWER: Hi Dev,

none of the two sentences above are correct. As I said in my previous answer, you can't use the conditional perfect when wishing something had happened.

I wish I had done it until today. (till is colloquial English)
I wish I had done it so I could earn well.

I assume these are part of larger paragraphs that explain what "it" is.

Let me know if you need further help here.

Best,

Amy

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QUESTION: Thanks Amy for helping me.I actually had a tough time in understanding 'wish' sentences.

I have learnt that past participle can be fairly used as in the sentences below.
Please check.

1- I wish I could have learnt English earlier in my life.
2- I wish I could have done more for you.

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Dev,

can you point me to a resource (book, webpage etc) where sentences like those you're asking me about are considered correct? I highly doubt any reliable source would make such a mistake.

Again, to the best of my knowledge, you canít, and shouldn't use the conditional perfect when wishing something had happened, you need to use the past perfect.

Here are a bunch of examples:

I wish I could have learnt English earlier in my life. Incorrect
I wish I had learned English earlier in life. Correct

I wish I could have done more for you. Incorrect
I wish I had done more for you. Correct

I wish I would have known. Incorrect
I wish I had known. Correct

We wish you would have told us. Incorrect
We wish you had told us. Correct

I wish it would have gone differently. Incorrect
I wish it had gone differently. Correct

We wish the team could have played more games. Incorrect
We wish the team had played more games. Correct

Misty wishes you would have finished your project. Incorrect
Misty wishes you had finished your project. Correct


See this from the British Council: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/verbs/wishes-and-hypotheses

I hope this helps.

Amy

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