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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #107665: How to make wishes...
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    How to make wishes...


                                                                                

    1 : A wishbone => Etymology: 17th Century: from the custom of two people breaking apart the bone of a chicken breast) after eating: the person with the longer part makes a wish.
                      


    1) To wish is used in different phrases to express 'desires' and achievable wishes.




    ex : I wish you a Happy New Year.


    ex : He was given everything he could wish for ...




    * We can also express wishes with the use of the 'conditional'




    ex : I wish it wouldn't rain when we go for a walk.

    ex : I wish you would stop making fun of people. 


     


    If the subject is a person, 'would' is used when the realisation of the action depends on the willpower of the person;  


    if not = I wish he could give an answer to this question.





    It is also possible to use a modal preterite which insists on the unreal aspect of the situation


    ex : I wish my children worked more at school. = if only my children worked more.




    2) We can also express wishes  thanks to the verb 'to like' in the contitional. 




    ex : I would like Peace and Freedom to be realities in the whole world...





    3) In order to express  a wish, the verb 'to hope' is sometimes used and has several constructions:  




    ex : I hope he will understand what he has done to you. 


    ex : Let's hope nothing serious will happen...


    ex : I hope to find the solution to help you!




    4) The subjunctive also expresses wishes and desires  in a formal language




    ex : God save the Queen!


    ex : May you be happy!




    There are also set expressions and literary structures :


    ex : Work with a will, happen what may!

     


    If colloquial English is spoken, the imperative is commonly used:


    ex : Enjoy yourself! ; 'Open up!'; 'Be happy!'


                                                                                           





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    - 'Err...Tom! I really very early tomorrow morning… We have to go to the dentist’s you know...'
    - 'Oh Mom, I such early appointments! and I late, as usual... I know he will, he always is!'
    -'Sorry, son, but an appointment, but couldn't! It'll be 'first come, first served'... and the sooner we arrive, the quicker it'll be finished, and the sooner you'll be free!'
    - 'Oh dear! Hours of waiting, and trembling, I suppose… I more thoughtful when dealing with my teeth and my horror of dentists...' I plastic ones...'
    -'Come on, don’t be stupid, boy, I grumbling, for once. to behave like a young man, this time... not like a baby... ' and I wait... I suppose home by noon to meet your friends as expected...
    Alright, I’ll wake you up at seven sharp then... and I really ready quickly !
    Alright; Mom ! at seven, and I’ll be quick... ' with me', then !








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