This is the item from a grammar book.

Jim’s neighbors are going to move. He wishes they would move (move) soon.

I wonder if I change it to the following:

Jim’s neighbors are going to move. He wishes they __________ (move) so soon.

By adding 'so', what should be filled in the blank? Does 'wouldn't move' make sense?

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    I think I'm right in saying so [adverb] is something of a "negative polarity" item in the cited context. So He doesn't want them to move so soon or He wants them not to move so soon are both fine, but He wants them to move so soon is relatively unlikely, and best avoided. The question to ask is Does so refer to some contextually established "degree, extent"? Note that in expressions like He's so rude! there's no such reference / comparison (to some other "degree of rudeness"). In that context, so just means very, where it's not "negative polarity". Jan 11 '20 at 13:13

The second sentence makes perfect sense with 'wouldn't move' and indicates the opposite position to the first sentence.. In the first it implies he doesn't like them whist in the second it implies he will be sorry to see them go.

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