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When writing/saying in Italian the sentence "I hope life is good for you"

I wrote" Spero che tutto va bene nella tua vita"
I was corrected by a native Italian speaker who said this was wrong
I should have written
Spero che tutto vada bene nella tua vita
I do not understand this, since
"life is good" is present tense so I used "va"
Life was good would be past tense
Life will be good would be future tense
What tense of the verb ANDARE is VADA

Grazie Mille Ronnie

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Base language: English
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    Very good question, in English you don't have some of the tenses that exist in other languages (speacially latin languages like Italian), but in this case the tense is present, but the form is not indicative, is but subjunctive (CONGIUNTIVO in italian)... it's a little bit hard to explain but I'll try:
    when you say sometihng about the subject, a FACT, something sure, then you speak in "INDICATIVO", example:
    That's beautiful! >> È bello!
    This is awful! >> Questo è orribile!
    I think she is beautiful (you are ensuring) >> Penso che lei è bella

    But if you aren't that sure or is not a fact, but a wish, a hope, doubt, or something that you think (yor opinion, even if it isn't necessarily right) then you speak in CONGIUNTIVO, and you usually use expressions like:
    -I think that... (Penso che)
    -I hope that... (Spero che)
    -It seems to me that... (Mi sembra/mi pare che)
    -When you/he/she/we/they... (Quando tu/lei/lui/noi/voi/loro)
    -I believe that... (credo che), etc.

    I think it's better to talk privately>> Penso che SIA meglio parlare privatamente **it's your opinion, but it doesn't have to be right or true

    Do you think that shs's coming? >> Credi che lei VENGA? **express doubt

    We go to the movies when you have money >> Andiamo al cinema quando tu ABBIA soldi **conditional: you don't have money right now (so it's not a fact), but in the future when you have it, we can do it ('cause it will be then a fact)

    I hope I can help you>> Spero che io ti POSSA aiutare **wish & doubt, I'm doing my best 'cause I want to help you, but I don't really know if I will get it...

    =)

     

    I verbi che esprimono speranza, desiderio, dubbio vogliono il modo congiuntivo
    nella frase secondaria.

     

    /vada/ is modo congiuntivo, tempo presente, terza persona singolare.
    (voce del verbo /andare/)

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