Correct the mistake if necessary

Hello teachers,

Please help me to check this. Thank you!

W.F.G

Correct the mistake if necessary

  1. I wish that I received this letter before the office closed.
    ==> I wish that I could receive this letter before the office closed.
  2. My telephone has been work out of work for two weeks now.
    ==> My telephone has been work out of work for two weeks.
  3. They have to do it right now, haven’t they?
    ==> RIGHT
  4. Mary was so angry with Tom that she threw a stone to him.
    ==> RIGHT
  5. I think the film is most interesting.
    ==> I think the film is the most interesting.
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I wish that I had received this letter before the office closed.
My telephone has been out of orderfor two weeks.
They have to do it right now, do they?
Mary was so angry with Tom that she threw a stone at him.
5. Acceptable as it is. Some people would say it needs to be “I think that the film is most interesting.”

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Hi Wallflowergirl,

I’m not sure which is your version -usual type or bold type?

Anyhow, my comments:

(1) I wish i could have received …
(3) don’t they? or 'haven’t they?

Alan

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Hello Alan,
There are a number of tags that fit with question 3, and I can see that ‘don’t they’ would be more common than ‘do they’ as I suggested, but why would you choose:
‘I wish I could have received this letter before the office closed’ over
‘I wish that I had received this letter before the office closed’?

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Hello teachers,
Can I correct (3) ==> I wished I had received this…
W.F.G

Hello Bev,

Is it possible to correct the original sentence this way:
I wish that I received this letter before the office closes.
?

Hi OTS,

There is some clash of times here. ‘Received’ is past simple and ‘closes’ is present simple. It follows that you can’t have a past action ‘before’ (your choice) the present.

Alan

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Your choice, WFG:

I wish that I had received this letter before the office closed.
This indicates you now have the letter, but you didn’t get it until after the office was closed (so you are unable to take whatever action was indicated in the letter or ask any questions about the letter until the office reopens.)

I wish I could have received this letter before the office closed.
To be honest I’m not absolutely sure if this is how this was meant, but to me, this indicates that you still haven’t received the letter and now you cannot get it because the office is closed.

Hello Alan and Bev,

But when we say “I wish I had a car” we’re not talking about the past, right? We’re talking about a desired happening/state.
So, when I say “I wish I received the letter”, doesn’t the verb “to receive” refer to a desired event, that has not happened yet?
Or maybe I should say “I wish I would receive the letter” in this particular case?

Could you expound on this matter some more please? It’s very perplexing to me.

Thanks!

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Hello teachers and OTS,
Hey OTS! I think that you can’t say ‘I wish I would receive …’ because when you use ‘wish(that)+would do’ S1 is different from S2. And it means S1 complains about S2, hopes fr change in future.
Am I right, teachers?
W.F.G