Hi, Ahmed,

Ahmed.A.A posted:

Hi, is there a difference between the following two sentences?

1- " I wish I knew where my keys .........now."

a- are       b- were

 

In modern English, only 'b' works here because of the sequence of tenses. 'A' is a very old usage. See:

http://www.pearsonlongman.com/...rammar_ex/materials/

Ahmed.A.A posted:

Hi, is there a difference between the following two sentences?

2- " I wish I lived in New York but I ........ "

a- don't       b- didn't

 

'A' is the only correct answer here. 'Lived' here is in the subjunctive form.

Robby zhu posted:

If I make a little change to question 1.  

keys->key

1- " I wish I knew where my key.........now."

Will the answer be "were" or "was"?

You can use "was" there, Robby zhu, but not "were." "Were" would be ungrammatical:

(1a) I wish I knew where my key was now.
(1b) *I wish I knew where my key were now.

The past subjunctive is used in the clause complementing "wish," NOT in the clause contained by the clause complementing "wish."

(P.S. I agree with the answers that Ahmed_btm has given to Ahmed.A.A.'s questions above.)

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