I don’t understand, what is the difference in meaning between:

  • I wish
  • I do wish ?

Does the use of “do” make the wish stronger?

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You are correct. Do is acting as an intensifier:

  • I wish you would shut up.
  • I do wish you would shut up.

Apart from providing emphasis, the meaning is the same.

I do like a bit of Gorgonzola.

Nick Parkes, The Wrong Trousers (1993) (Wallace and Gromit)

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