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Camilla 06-19-2010 06:36 PM

GRAMMAR IN USE.
 
Using 'wish' for regrets and other things too!
Using wish for past regrets To regret means that we now feel sorry for something which happened (or didn’t happen) in the past
For example:
‘I regret waking up so late this morning.’ = I am now sorry that I woke up late.
‘I regret not studying harder in school.’ = I am now sorry that I didn’t study enough.
In English we can use the word 'wish' to talk about our past regrets (I have many regrets, so it a useful word for me)!
Let’s take a look at our first example sentence using wish:
‘I wish I had studied harder in school.’

Camilla 06-19-2010 06:36 PM

Using 'wish' for regrets and other things too!
Using wish for past regrets To regret means that we now feel sorry for something which happened (or didn’t happen) in the past
For example:
‘I regret waking up so late this morning.’ = I am now sorry that I woke up late.
‘I regret not studying harder in school.’ = I am now sorry that I didn’t study enough.
In English we can use the word 'wish' to talk about our past regrets (I have many regrets, so it a useful word for me)!
Let’s take a look at our first example sentence using wish:
‘I wish I had studied harder in school.’

Camilla 06-19-2010 06:38 PM

Again in this example sentence the speaker is now sorry that he did not study harder in school.
Here are some more examples:
‘Noel wishes he had visited the Sorbonne when he was in Paris.’
‘We wish we had been kinder to her before she got sick.’
‘They wish they hadn’t spent so much money on their shopping trip.’

Camilla 06-19-2010 06:40 PM

Using wish for present regrets
So far we have looked at using regret for events which happened in the past which we now feel sorry about. We can also use wish to talk about our regrets about present situations i.e. we wish that things could be different from the way they are at the moment.
‘I wish I was taller.’ = I am not tall, but I want to be.
Note: Although we are talking about the present we use the past tense:’ I wish I was taller’ and not ‘I wish I am taller’.

Camilla 06-19-2010 06:44 PM

‘They wish they were younger.’ = They are older than they want to be.
‘She wishes she was going too.’ = She wants to go, but she can not.
‘I wish I knew the way home.’ = I want to go home, but I don’t know the way.
Complaining
When someone does something which makes us angry we can use wish:
‘I wish you wouldn’t do that’
Imagine that you share an apartment with somebody. He is very lazy. You can complain by using wish + would:
‘I wish you would wash the dishes.’
‘I wish you wouldn’t leave your clothes on the floor.’
‘I wish you would be cleaner.’

Camilla 06-19-2010 06:47 PM

Dreams and unreal situations
We can use wish + could to talk about something that we want to do but can’t.
For impossible dreams:
‘I wish I could fly like superman!’
For possible dreams:
‘I wish I could ski.’ (This is not impossible, you just need to take lessons)

Camilla 06-19-2010 06:57 PM

Now choose the best choice to complete each sentence:
1.I wish ___ to my father.
I had listened
had listen
I have listened
I listen
2. I wish it ___ snowing.would stop
could stopped
would
would stopped
3.I wish I ___ so old.
had not
am
would
was not
4.I wish I ___ the train.
were taken
would taken
have took
had taken

Camilla 06-19-2010 08:22 PM

5.I wish I ___ a day off.
had take
could take
could taken
would taken
6.I wish the prices ___ so expensive.
have not
were not
was not
would not

Besame Mucho 06-19-2010 11:18 PM

1. had listened
2. would stop
3. wasn't
4. had taken
5. could take
6. were not

Camilla 06-20-2010 01:10 PM

THESE ROSES FOR YOU, NATASHA.


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