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Use of Wish 2 - Use of Wish | English Grammar - English Free Test

Use of Wish 2 - Use of Wish | English Grammar - English Free Test


Notice that the verb tense which follows 'I wish' is 'more in the past' than the tense corresponding to its meaning.

Example
  • I'm too fat. I wish I was thin.
  • I never get invited to parties. I wish I got invited to parties.
  • It's raining. I wish it wasn't raining.
  • I went to see the latest Star Wars film. I wish I hadn't gone.
  • I've eaten too much. I wish I hadn't eaten so much.
  • 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'.

Example
  • He won't help me. I wish he would help me.
  • You're making too much noise. I wish you would be quiet.
  • 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'.

Example
  • There's a strike tomorrow. I hope some buses will still be running.
  • 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'.

Example
  • I wish I were taller.
  • I wish it were Saturday today.
  • I wish he were here.

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