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What do you think about these two sentences? Are they both correct or is one better than the other?

  1. I wish you tried to get to grips with the Internet. I'm sure you would enjoy it.
  2. I wish you would try to get to grips with the Internet. I'm sure you would enjoy it.
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    I'd say that strictly speaking #1 is "ungrammatical" in any such construction. Personally I find the specific example here rather "awkward" as well as being "relaxed colloquial", but I've no such problem with, for example, I wish he truly loved me, but I know in my heart he only married me for my money. Because subtle differences in exact context can make a difference (at least to some native speakers, such as myself), my advice would be to avoid it in general, and stick to standard "conditional" usages based on auxiliary would, as per your second example. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Oct 17 '18 at 17:07
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Your two example sentences

I wish you tried to get to grips with the Internet.
I wish you would try to get to grips with the Internet.

mean similar things, that the listener has not learned anything about the internet.

However, the nuance is

I wish you tried to get to grips with the Internet.

may mean the listener may have tried something else other than fully understanding the internet, or may mean the listener did not put any effort into the internet.

Whereas

I wish you would try to get to grips with the Internet.

may mean the listener did not consider fully understanding the internet and you are urging them to do so.

As with most examples, additional context will clarify specific meanings.

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