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What is the difference between Hope and Wish?

Asked by K. Parker, Last updated: Oct 14, 2020

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Leo Samuels

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Answered Apr 21, 2020

Hope and wish are two words used by many people to show their desire for something to happen. Also, both words can be used when we don't want certain things to happen. The two words are not totally the same, and their major difference lies in the proper usage of each word. Wish simply means a desire or longing for something, especially for something that one desires to see or have.

For example, I wish to see my brothers tomorrow. On the other hand, hope refers to a feeling of belief, trust, confidence that something will or can happen. For example, I still have some hope that I will see my brothers tomorrow.

This feeling of trust in something you hope for is the basic difference between the two words. People use the word "wish" when the probability of something occurring is very low, whereas the reverse is the case when people use the word "hope."

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H.Harper

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Answered Apr 19, 2020

When you say “hope,” this means that you would like to achieve something that may be backed with something that you genuinely like. For example, you might say that you are hoping for peace among your group. You know that this is possible because there is a chance that your groupmates will work things out among themselves.

When you say “wish,” this means that you would like to have something that may not be very probable at this time. For example, you might say that you wish for a lot of money but you know that you will not be able to get the money because you do not have a job. You can only wish for it but there is no actual hope that you are going to get it.

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