"I Wish I Were..."

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The use of the word were in this construction is fading from our language as people do not understand the correctness of it. This construction is called "contrary-to-fact" subjunctive. It is a situation in which one wishes for something that is not true. ...I wish I were able to attend (but I cannot)... ...I wish he were here with me (but he is not)... Often the verb form in this subjunctive is not different from the regular verb we would use. ...he wishes I had gone (but I didn't)... ...she wishes he had been there (but he wasn't)... It is the form of to be that we have to watch out for. Remember: "I wish I WERE...." Happy punctuating! Margie