Are they both OK, 'I WISH/HOPE you are happy every day'? Thanks!
May 17, 2016 7:54 AM
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No, you can't use 'wish' in this way. Here's something I wrote for another Chinese member yesterday: 'Wish' has two very specific meanings: 1. 'Wish' can be followed by a noun, for example 'Wish me luck' or 'I wish you lots of happiness'. These tend to be formulaic set phrases. NB You can't follow 'wish' with an adjective. Chinglish phrases like 'Wish you happy' are nonsense in English. 2. 'Wish' can be followed by a conditional phrase to introduce a hypothetical/unreal situation which you would like to be real. For example 'I wish I were taller' 'I wish I could marry a prince' or 'I have put on 5 kilos. I wish I hadn't eaten all those cakes.' .... In other words, the verb 'wish' is never an alternative to 'hope'. The meaning is different and the grammar is different. 'Wish' cannot be followed by an adjective - such as 'happy' - or an indicative phrase - such as 'you are happy'. The only phrase it can be followed by is a conditional/subjunctive for an unreal situation which you would like to be true. For example, if you have a friend who cannot be happy for some reason, you might possibly say 'I wish you could be happy'. This suggests that this is not possible, but you wish that a fairy could wave a magic wand and make your friend happy. But if you are simply wishing someone good luck or happiness, you have to use 'hope'. 'I hope you will be happy'. Never wish. I 'hope' that this is clear for you. :)
May 17, 2016
In this case I would use "hope," but this phrase is awkward and I wouldn't use it overall. Here are some substitutes: I wish you joy I hope you're happy (this could be taken sarcastically) All the best I hope you find happiness I hope you find happiness in everyday life I wish you well... etc.
May 17, 2016
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