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I like that piece of furniture. I wish it could fit in my apartment.

Options: -

  1. was able to fit
  2. might
  3. would

My answer: I like that piece of furniture. I wish it would fit in my apartment.

Correct answer: I like that piece of furniture. I wish it was able to fit in my apartment.

My doubt - What is the difference? The way I see it - I feel both are correct!

use of would & could: both are done to report a past conversation. The way I see it, the entire sentence was in the past and I feel "both" are correct.

I don't understand is how can "would" be incorrect here. And even if it is incorrect, isn't "could" already the correct use then?

How are "would" & "could" both incorrect here?

EDIT -

I checked on a few "grammar checking" websites - the use of both could & would don't show any errors. Though, use of "was able to" was correctly shown as -

"I like that piece of furniture. I wish it was able to fit into my apartment"

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  • "was able" is wrong. You cannot refer to a thing being able/unable to do something. – Gustavson Nov 3 '19 at 23:36
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    To confirm what I just told you, see there is a comment in that quiz that says: Several of your answers are incorrect."My mother well speaks English": "We worked hardly" and saying a couch was able to fit in a space indicates that the couch is alive. – Gustavson Nov 3 '19 at 23:43
  • @Gustavson and what would be the correct usage then - would or could? – Mansi Nov 4 '19 at 5:12
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    I disagree with Gustavson's claim about "able" implying life/agency. "Was able to fit" seems like the correct answer to me, assuming you are looking to replace "could" from the original sentence. – Justin Nov 4 '19 at 15:28
  • @ReinstateMonica and why is that? Why can we replace "could" with "was able to fit" and not with "would". That is my original question – Mansi Nov 4 '19 at 16:06

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