Let's learn how to express a wish using examples!

Let’s start with the easy one, wishes for the FUTURE
I wish +(I/ you/ he/ it/ they) + (would/ could) + (verb)

  • I wish I could find a better job.
  • I wish he would buy me flowers
  • I wish I could go to the party this weekend
  • I wish they would give me a promotion!
  • I wish it would stop raining!

Now wishes about the present moment!
I wish + (I/ you/ he/ it/ they) + (verb in past simple)

  • I wish I had more time
  • I wish I wasn’t so busy.
  • I wish I had more money
  • I wish I was more beautiful!
  • I wish I were thinner!

We use the past perfect for wishes in the PAST:

I wish + (I/ you/ he/ it/ they) + (verb in past perfect)

  1. I wish I had taken your advice
  2. I wish I hadn't drunk so much wine!
  3. I wish I had gone to university.
  4. He wishes he had invested his savings

Nw try a few exercises!

Can you express a wish? (Hint: There are different grammar rules for the past, present and future!)

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