Sometimes 'wish' subjuctive makes me(non-native speaker) confused. So, which is correct? I live here, she lives abroad. Somthing happend now, so I want to talk to her. In this situation:
a. I wish I could meet her now.
b. I wish I met her now.
I love her. I want to meet her more often, but can't (she lives abroad). So in this situation:
c. I wish I could meet her more often.
d. I wish I met her more often.
I think a,c are correct. How about b,d? Are b,d also correct especially in grammar?
In 'English Grammar and Usage by Leech', the author says "when the verb after "wish" is an action verb, the wish refers to the future and we use "would" or "could" instead of the Past Simple":
I wish the weather was warmer. (state)
I wish the weather would get warmer. (action)
In 'Cambridge English Grammar in Use', the author says "We use I wish...would... for actions and changes, not situations. Compare:
I wish Sarah would come. ('come' is action verb. So I wonder is "I wish Sarah came" wrong?)
I wish Sarah was(or were) here now. ('was, were' are state verbs, so past simple is ok.)
I wish somebody would buy me a car. ('buy' is an action verb, so I wonder is "I wish somebody bought me a car" wrong?)
I wish I had a car (had is a state verb, so past simple is ok.)
Also someone(English teacher) says: If the verb after wish is an action verb, use 'would' or 'could' instead of the past simple. It refers to the future.
For example: (Everyone changed out of their uniforms to casual dress except you) I wish I had changed clothes. -This refers to the past, and your regret that you didn't do something.
(It's hot and you're wearing sweats) I wish I could change clothes. -This talks about the future and refers to the action of changing.
These examples all described states:
I don't have a dog - I wish I had a dog
Today is Friday - I wish it were Saturday
I speak English - I wish I spoke French
I can't drink milk - I wish I could drink milk
So any verb that is used as an action requires 'would' or 'could.'
ex) I wish I changed my appearance. (not ok)
I wish I could change my appearnce. (ok)
This is why I asked this question. Meet(met) is 'action verb', so are 'b, d' correct or not?
In addition, is "I wish Sarah came" correct or not?
Is "I wish somebody bought me a car" correct or not?
I'm so confused now. English is very tricky. T.T