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  • 1. Wishes and Regrets
    Wishes about the present and future
    1. We use 'wish' + past simple to express that we want a situation in the present (or future) to be different.
    I wish I spoke Italian. -- I don't speak Italian
    I wish I had a big car. -- I don't have a big car
    I wish I was on a beach. -- I'm in the office
    Future: I wish it was the weekend tomorrow. -- It's only Thursday tomorrow

2. 1 Yourself
2 Your friends and family
3 Your hometown
4 Your country
5 The world
6 Free choice
1 I wish I could
2 I wish (someone) had
3 I regret (doing)
4 I wish I had
5 Do you wish you could ?
6 Free choice (any of the above)
3. 2. We use 'wish' + past continuous to express that we want to be doing a different action in the present (or future).
I wish I was lying on a beach now. -- I'm sitting in the office
I wish it wasn't raining. -- It is raining
Future: I wish you weren't leaving tomorrow. -- You are leaving tomorrow
4. Wishesaboutthepast
We use 'wish' + past perfect to express a regret, or that we want a situation in the past to be different.
I wish I hadn't eaten so much. -- I ate a lot
I wish they'd come on holiday with us. -- They didn't come on holiday with us
I wish I had studied harder at school. -- I was lazy at school
5. Wish + would
We use 'wish' + would + bare infinitive to express impatience, annoyance or dissatisfaction with a present action.
I wish you would stop smoking.
-- You are smoking at the moment and it is annoying me
I wish it would stop raining.
-- I'm impatient because it is raining and I want to go outside
I wish she'd be quiet.
-- I am annoyed because she is speaking
6. Importantpoints
1. To simply express that you want something to happen in the future (not talking about wanting an action or situation to be different, and not talking about impatience or annoyance) we use 'hope', not 'wish'.
I hope it's sunny tomorrow.
I wish it was sunny tomorrow. x
I hope she passes her exam next week.
I wish she were passing her exam next week. x
I hope the plane doesn't crash tomorrow.
I wish the plane wouldn't crash tomorrow. x
7. 2. We can use 'wish' + infinitive or 'wish' + object + infinitive to mean want in a formal situation.
I wish to leave now. (+ infinitive)
I wish to speak to your supervisor please. (+ infinitive)
I do not wish my name to appear on the list. (+ object + infinitive)
8. 3. We can use '(I) wish you' in fixed expressions.
I wish you a happy birthday.
We wish you good luck in your new job.
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9. What do theywish? What do theyregret?
10. Whatdoes he wish?
11. Whatdoes he regret?
12. Whatdoes he wish?
13. Whatdoessheregret?
14. Whatdoesshewish?
15. Whatdoessheregret?
16. WISHES

  • I wish I didn't have to get up so early.

17. I wish I knew how to be 18. successful. 19. I wish I had an older brother or sister. 20. I wish I went to bed earlier last night 21. I wish I were someone else. 22. I wish I lived somewhere else. 23. I wish I understood people better. 24. I wish I were still a child. 25. I wish I had more time to study English. 26. I wish I lived in another era. 27. I wish my parents didn't annoy me so much. 28. I wish I could change my life. 29. I wish I were more confident. 30. I wish I was never impolite. 31. I wish I were a parent. 32. I wish I had more skills.