How to use the verb WISH?

I’m confused about when to use PAST with WISH. Can you explain it?
wish grammar english

Promoter Asked on 24/04/2014 in English Grammar.

With Idol Lips Plumper, you can have sexier fuller lips which can give much more confidence and energy. After applying this item, your lips will certainly plump instantly in simply a matter of seconds. You can delight in having well moisturized and well-moisturized lips. This is an exceptional product to buy because it utilizes the current modern technology and really affordable without any uncomfortable negative effects.

idol lips ingredients

on 13/04/2019. Edit Delete Waiting for approval
Add Comment
1 Answer(s)

When it’s your birthday, you close your eyes and make a wish before you blow out the candles on the cake. You wish for something that you would really like to have or to happen.

WISHES FOR THE PRESENT

WISH + PAST SIMPLE

IF ONLY + PAST SIMPLE

  • I wish I had more friends. (I don’t have enough friends at the moment.)
  • If only I had more free time. (I don’t have enough free time at the moment.)
  • I wish I could sing. (I can’t sing.)
  • I wish there were more honest people around me. (There aren’t enough honest people around me at the moment.)
  • If only I lived in a castle. (I don’t live in a castle at the moment, but I would like to.)
  • My mother wishes I wasn’t so lazy. (I am lazy and my mother isn’t happy about it.)
  • I wish I wasn’t so busy. (I am busy and I don’t like it.)
  • If only I didn’t have such noisy neighbours. (I have noisy neighbours at the moment and I don’t like it.)
  • I wish I didn’t live in such a noisy neighbourhood. (I live in a noisy neighbourhood at the moment and I don’t like it.)
  • My brother wishes he had a bigger house. (His house isn’t big enough for him and he would like a bigger one.)

 

Read more:
How to Express Good Wishes Using MAY

 

WISHES ABOUT SOMETHING THAT YOU FIND ANNOYING OR IRRITATING

WISH + WOULD + VERB

IF ONLY + WOULD + VERB

  • I wish you would stop saying that. (You keep saying that and it annoys me.)
  • I wish they wouldn’t come uninvited. (They usually come uninvited and it annoys me.)
  • If only my mother would stop calling me when I’m with friends. (She keeps calling me and it annoys me.)
  • I wish my boss would consider my ideas. (My boss doesn’t consider my ideas and it annoys me.)
  • I wish Jenny wouldn’t ask so many questions. (She asks too many questions and it annoys me.)
  • If only you wouldn’t drink so much. (You drink too much and it annoys me.)

 

Read more:
If I Was or If I Were?

 

WISHES AND REGRETS FOR THE PAST

WISH + PAST PERFECT (had + 3rd form of the verb)

IF ONLY + PAST PERFECT

  • I wish I had studied harder. (I didn’t study hard and now I regret it.)
  • I wish they hadn’t done that. (They did it and I’m not happy about it.)
  • If only you had seen it. (You didn’t see it and I’m not happy about it.)
  • I wish she hadn’t come. (She came and I’m not happy about it.)
  • She wishes she hadn’t introduced me to Tom. (She introduced me to Tom and she regrets it.)
  • If only I had known about this before I hired Sue. (I didn’t know about it, so I hired Sue and now I’m not happy about it.)
  • If only you had listened to your mother. (You didn’t listen to your mother and I’m not happy about it.)

 

Read more:
When to Use WILL or WOULD in a Sentence?

Promoter Answered on 24/04/2014.
Add Comment

Your Answer

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.