Click here to log in
4 million accounts created!
JOIN our free club and learn English now!
Get a free English lesson every week! 2 MILLION subscribers!
- English translator
- Our other sites
Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #5529: I wish, if only
I wish, if only
I wish, If only.
Wishes about the present
We use wish with past Tense forms (simple and continuous) to express regret about present situations:
- I wish I was taller = (I’m not very tall)
- I wish I was going with you = (but I'm not)
I wish you were more help. = (you are not) I wish I were can replace I wish I was.
To many people, I wish I were sounds more correct:
I wish I were taller.
We use wish with could to express a wish for a present situation to be different:
I wish I could use a computer well.
I wish I could tell her about it.
Past Simple > present>I wish I knew the answer. (= I don’t know)
Past Simple > present > I wish I was /were better at sports. (= I'm not)
Past Continuous > present > I wish I was /were going with you. (= I'm not)
Could > present > I wish I could give you an answer. (= I can't)
Would > future > I wish you would be quiet. (= Your talking irritates me.)
Past Perfect > past > I wish I had known you then. (= but I didn't)
Could have > past> I wish I could have explained. (= I wasn't able to)
Wishes about the future
We use wish with would to say how we would like somebody to behave in the future:
/I wish you would stop talking.
/I wish they would stop arguing.
• We can also use this pattern in situations that do not involve people:
I wish this car would go faster.
Wishes about the past
We use wish with the Past Perfect when we have
Regrets about the past:
I wish I hadn't taken your advice. (= but I did)
I wish she could have come. (= but she didn't)
If only can be more emphatic than I wish. The verb forms after if only are the same as the patterns with wish:
If only I had more money! (= but I haven't)
If only I was going on holiday with you!
If only you were here. (= but you re not)
If only the sun would come out!
If only you could be here! (= but you're not)
If only I'd listened to you! (=but I didn't )
If only he could have explained! (=but he wasn't able to)
Complete these sentences with the correct form of the verb in brackets. Some sentences require a negation and use the contractions in the negative form.
English exercise "I wish, if only" created by felin with The test builder
Click here to see the current stats of this English test [Save] [Load] [?]
End of the free exercise to learn English: I wish, if only
A free English exercise to learn English.
Other English exercises on the same topic : Conditional and hypothesis | All our lessons and exercises