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There is this party in August that I cannot participate. So I am writing to a friend and I want to wish/hope that it be a great event for them. Which of the following is correct?

  1. I hope it will be a great event for you.

  2. I hope it be a great event for you.

Also, should I use hope or wish for such context?

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I hope it be a great event for you. is grammatically wrong. Replace be (infinitive form) with is (conjugated form).

These 2 are correct. I would choose the first one because the event is still somewhat far into the future.

  1. I hope it will be a great event for you.
  2. I hope it is a great event for you.

You can also replace hope by wish in those sentences and they mean the same thing. I would use hope.

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In "I hope it be", "be" is not infinitive, but subjunctive, the same as "I suggest he be the boss". It is correct although too formal, perhaps. Used in context meaning desire

  • This is the correct answer. I hope + subjunctive is formal and archaic, but not wrong. Asserting it is wrong is not giving the whole picture. – Eddie Kal Jun 10 '20 at 20:25

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