U8: Wish and Imaginary situations

The use of “wishes”



More examples for the future
1.I wish that baby would stop crying.
2.My mother wishes my brother would stop crying.
3.I wish I could fly to Europe.
4.I wish I could visit Rome (any time in the future).

5.He wishes the sun would come out in the following days.

More examples for a present regret
1. I wish I had  more many.
2. Sarah wishes she knew  how to fix a flat tyre.
3. We wish we were  at the beach.
4. wish I were a genie.
5.I wish I were  happy.
6. I wish I had a new job.
7. Teri wishes she knew Tom Cruise.
8. Jim wishes Karen liked to cook.
9. The boys wish they could go to Hawaii.

More examples for expressing regrets about the past.
(these regrets are at one point in the past
1.I wish the teacher  had  given me a 20.
2.I wish you had  told me earlier that you weren’t coming.
3.I wish I had  studied hardier at school.
4.I wish (If only) I had woken up early. (I didn't wake up early and I missed my bus.)

5.I wish (that) my friend had been on time. (But unfortunately my friend was late, and so I missed my interview.)

Study this PPT
Exercises on "Wish and Imaginary situations"  Level 3

Let’s start off with the easy part.

I wish to= I want to
 (I wish to  is much, much more formal and much, much less common)
Ø wish to make a complaint.
Ø wish to see the manager.
You can also use
'wish' with a noun to 'offer good wishes'
Ø I wish you all the best in your new job.
Ø We wish you a merry Christmas.
Notice that when you want to offer good wishes using a verb,
you must use 'hope ' and not 'wish'
Ø We wish you the best of luck.
Ø We hope you have the best of luck.
Ø I wish you a safe and pleasant journey.
Ø hope you have a safe and pleasant journey.
However, the main use of 'wish' is
to say that we would like things to be different from what they are, that we have regrets about the present situation  
Ø wish was rich.
Ø He wishes he lived in Paris.
Ø They wish they'd chosen a different leader.

Notice that the verb tense which follows 'I wish'
is 'more in the past' than the tense corresponding to its meaning
Ø I'm too fat. I wish I was thin
Ø I never get invited to parties. I wish I got invited to parties.
Ø It's raining. I wish it wasn't raining.
Ø I went to see the latest Star Wars film. I wish I hadn't gone.
Ø I've eaten too much. I wish I hadn't eaten so much.
Ø I'm going to visit her later. I wish I wasn't going to visit her later.
In the case of 'will' , where 'will' means
'show willingness' we use 'would'.
Ø He won't help me. I wish he would help me.
Ø You're making too much noise. I wish you would be quiet.
Ø You keep interrupting me. I wish you wouldn't do that.
Where 'will' means a future event, we cannot use
'wish' and must use 'hope'
Ø There's a strike tomorrow. I hope some buses. will still be running.
Ø I hope everything will be fine in your new job.
In more formal English, we use the subjunctive form
'were' and not 'was' after 'wish'
Ø I wish I were taller.
Ø I wish it were Saturday today.
Ø I wish he were here.

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Homework:Study this Power Point Presentation

I wish is something you would like to be true 

When you see Wish + past, it means that, right now,
the opposite is true

  1. Remember: "When you talk about your Wishes for your life now, you are talking about something that is not true for you now, but that you would like to be true. The verb form after wish is in the simple past."  
  2. Remember: "When you use the verb be after wish, the form is usually were or  weren't." 
A. To express that we want a situation in   the present or future to be different.

                   wish + verb(past) 


wish I spoke English fluently.
( This means either that I don’t have the time to learn 
to speak it now or that I won’t have the time in the 
future to learn that language, depending on context.) 

(Unfortunately, I don't speak that way because I don't practice it enough.)

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