Teaching Grammar: How to Use the Verb “Wish” 


I Wish this was

We use wish + past simple to express that we want a situation in the present  to be different.

  • I wish I spoke Italian.
  • I wish I had a big car.
  • I wish I was on a beach.

We use wish + past continuous to express that we want to be doing a different action in the present

  • I wish I was lying on a beach now.
  • I wish it wasn’t raining.
  • I wish you weren’t leaving tomorrow.

We use wish + past perfect to express a regret, or that we want a situation in the past to be different.

  • I wish I hadn’t eaten so much.
  • I wish they’d come on holiday with us.
  • I wish I had studied harder at school.

Wish Grammar Exercises

  1. Wish Grammar Exercises
  2. Wish Exercises
  3. Wishes
  4. wish + past simple / past perfect / would + infinitive

Wish Grammar PDF

  1. How to Use “Wish”
  2. I wish
  3. Wish Clauses
  4. Wish + Past Perfect Practice
  5. Wish
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