1. What's the difference in these "wish" sentences and which ones are correct?

I wish that day hadn't come

I wish that day would never come

I wish that day didnt come

I wish that day wouldnt have come

I wish that day wouldnt come

  1. Do these sentences have exactly the same meaning?

I wish that day hadn't come

I wish that day had never come

  • 'I wish ...' relating to past events known to have / not to have happened means 'I['m sure] I'd be far happier were the opposite true.' I wish I had won the knobbly knees contest at Bognor Regis. / I wish Covid had never arisen. Used about future possibilities, it's unusual outside fixed expressions (I wish you well / a merry Christmas / all the best / many more happy years) and means (outside the magic charm sense) I hope you have ... And I wish that day never comes would almost always be I hope that day never comes. Nov 7, 2021 at 17:07
  • Would you please add apostrophes to your contracted forms. Thank you.
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    Nov 7, 2021 at 18:09
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"I wish that day hadn't come" would be used when the "that day" has actually happened and I am experiencing "that day" now, and I wish it hadn't occurred. The usage would be more in the present narrative.

"I wish that day had never come" would mean "that day" happened some time in the past (perhaps more than once), and I now wish it had never occurred, even once.

1: The sentence "I wish that day didn't come" does not seem good construct.

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