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Is the sentence below correct:

I wish he goes to where he loves.

Please supply reasons for your answers.

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I don't know that I would call it wrong, but it's not idiomatic, at the very least. It's a little hard to say if it's "correct" or not because you don't tell us what you want the sentence to mean.


With the verb wish, we normally use either the modal could or would if we're talking about the future:

I wish he would go...

or the past tense if we're talking about a wish for the present or in general:

I wish he went...

but never the present tense "I wish he goes". (Yes, I know this seems very illogical.)

If you use the verb hope instead, you don't have to use a modal: I hope he goes...


To where he loves is, again, not exactly wrong but kind of stilted and non-idiomatic. "Where he loves" sounds like it means "the place where he performs the action of loving" - consider "where he sleeps" or "where he eats."

If you mean you hope that he goes to a place that he loves, it would sound more fluent to say that. Alternately, it's idiomatic to say where he likes to mean "wherever he feels like going".


Overall, I would probably phrase the sentence as

I wish he would go to the place that he loves.

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  • It's a wish about future. And yes, I agree about the normal used form. I meant "the place that" by "where".
    – Abbasi
    Mar 14, 2017 at 21:29

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