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tommy1996
Vietnam

wish
 
how can I rewrite these sentences
    

1) I    I can’t understand what the English teacher says.

→I wish __________________________________________________________________________

2)      The  streets in our city are narrow and crowded, so we can’t move quickly.

→We wish ……………………………………………………………..

4 Dec 2017      



mari_18cf
Brazil

1. I wish I could understand what the English teacher says.
 
2. We wish the streets in our city were wide and spacious, so we could move quickly. 

4 Dec 2017     



tommy1996
Vietnam

I wonder if we can  use:
1.I wish I could understand what the English teacher said.
2. We wish the streets in our city were wide and spacious so that we could move quickly.
please help me. thanks

4 Dec 2017     



yanogator
United States

Hi, Tommy.
No, "I wish I could understand what the English teacher said" would be the rewritten form of "I canīt understand what the English teacher said".
 
Yes, you can use either "so" or "so that". Also, because "spacious" isn īt the opposite of "crowded", I might say, "We wish the streets in our city weren īt so narrow and crowded, so (that) we could move quickly."
 
Bruce 

4 Dec 2017     



Minka
Slovenia

How about
 
I wish the streets in our city were wider and not so crowded.
 

4 Dec 2017     



tommy1996
Vietnam

Bruce ! I don īt see what you talked abouth the irst one. please tell me again.thanks

4 Dec 2017     



yanogator
United States

I īm glad you asked, Tommy, because on re-reading it, I find that I made a mistake. I īve changed it, so here is what I intended to say:
 
Hi, Tommy.
No, "I wish I could understand what the English teacher said" would be the rewritten form of "I can´t understand what the English teacher said".
Yes, you can use either "so" or "so that". Also, because "spacious" isn ´t the opposite of "crowded", I might say, "We wish the streets in our city weren ´t so narrow and crowded, so (that) we could move quickly."
Bruce
 

5 Dec 2017     



kwsp
United States

When you say, "I can īt understand what the teacher says," what you are actually saying is, "I habitually can īt understand what the teacher says," therefore you need the present tense, "I wish I could (habitually) understand what the teacher says." If you say, "I wish I could understand what the teacher said," it sounds like you are talking about just one time in the past that you didn īt understand what the teacher said.

5 Dec 2017