A friend of mine will organize an event in London. Because I am living in Paris, I would like to say that

I wish this event was also in Paris.

Do you think that my sentence is correct?

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    Yes. Some people would insist on were, for a counter-factual wish; but many people today will say was.
    – Colin Fine
    Feb 3, 2020 at 20:43

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It's fine in spoken English but it's not in written English. It should be:

I wish this event were also in Paris.

If you look into the Collins Dictionary here, you'll find the following explanation:

If you wish something were true, you would like it to be true, even though you know that it is impossible or unlikely.

I wish that I could do that. [VERB that]

I wish it weren't true. [VERB that]

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