English Grammar


subjunctive preterit

I don't understand why my answer on a exercise:
"I wish we >would be able< take a nice long vacation, just you, me and Toby. is wrong." but in the sample sentence is correct:
I wish she >would wake up< and smell the coffee.
What is the difference?
The correct answer was:
I wish we >could< take a nice long vacation, just you, me and Toby.

I wish somebody would be able to explain it to me.
BR
Marc

1 comments

  • I think in this sentence with 'would be able' it takes a TO:
    e.g.
    I wish we would be able to take....
    who knows for sure?
    Bea

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