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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021 12:13:31 PM
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I sincerely hope/wish that you will not misuse your martial art skills.

Which word should I use?

Thanks!
georgew
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021 1:25:50 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
I sincerely hope/wish that you will not misuse your martial art skills.

Which word should I use?

Thanks!


Either can be used, depending on context. "Hope" may be a bit more common in AE.

Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021 1:53:57 PM

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Use "hope".
sureshot
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021 2:43:32 PM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
I sincerely hope/wish that you will not misuse your martial art skills.

Which word should I use?

Thanks!

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"Wish" and "hope" in English are similar, but not exactly the same.

Wish” is used to talk about an event that you desperately want to happen or be true even though it is unlikely or impossible. In other words, "wish" is usually used when we talk about unreal or hypothetical things. So, there is no 'hope’; it is just wishful thinking! "Wish" is also often used when expressing a desire coupled with clear sarcasm.

Hope” is used when one is confident that the desired events have a high possibility of occurring. It is not impossible nor hypothetical. “Hope” is also used in a conversation to talk about an event that one looks forward to.

Simply put, the main difference between the "wish" and "hope" lies in the probability or likelihood of a person’s desires coming true. “Hope” expresses a desire that is doable or possible. "Wish" expresses something that is unlikely to happen or impossible to be carried out.

In the given context, I would advise you to use "hope" as the event is both doable and possible. The expectation is not hypothetical.
Elvandil
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021 7:47:08 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
I sincerely hope/wish that you will not misuse your martial art skills.

Which word should I use?

Thanks!


Actually, it is not possible to misuse martial arts skills. Martial arts contain within them rules and a moral system. If the system is not being followed, the martial art is not being practiced. Then, it becomes mere violence.


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