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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #128063: To wish:(again!)
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    To wish:(again!)

    We had already studied the use of "wish" in test



    Yet, many of you have told me that they still had a few problems, and that some 

    extra explanations would be necessary. Here they are! 




    To wish: to request or desire, is used to EXPRESS WISHES (realisable or not) or  regrets.

    It's quite similar to 'If only' and is followed by the same tenses.  




    1)  To speak about a wish applying to the present,  we use  the modal preterite. I WISH+ PRETERITE.

    - I wish I understood what you're talking about! 



    2) In order to speak about a wish concerning the past  (and which, most of the time is a regret )

    the  past perfect must be used. I WISH + PAST PERFECT: 

    (The past perfect is: subject + verb + past participle: I had done/ I hadn't done.)

    - I wish he hadn't come to the party

    Just to make sure you won't tell the opposite of what you mean, mentally replace it by  "IF ONLY"

    - If only he hadn't come! 





    3) I wish... would expresses  irritation, annoyance  about what is happening or not. 

    I wish + subject + would

    - I wish he would stop smoking when he is with me... 

    (This construction is, of course, impossible if the subject is  "I"* I wish I would...  doesn't exist.)



    4) For  wishes that can be realised  in the future, use: I hope + will

    - I hope Jim will get his promotion as expected. 

    You can see that the choice of tenses is limited and quite easy to make! Go for the test! 


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    1. I … I hate being caught in rush hours… We must leave before them.

    2. I her the present I’ve bought before I offer it to her. I want it to be a surprise!

    3. I some time to come to visit tomorrow…

    4. I wish she all her money on clothes…Now, she's broke...

    5. Kyle a car… it would save him a lot of time to get more sleep in the morning…

    6. They wish when they were still teenagers.

    7. I wish to work everyday, and I won't have to, thanks to teleworking.

    8. I wish your grandmother more often… She feels you’re not concerned about her.

    9. 'I wish criticizing my work… You never say anything kind about me…'

    10. I wish in University… it would be easier for him to get a good job now…

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