How to use the Verb Wish
Wish + Infinitive
When we use wish followed by a verb in the to-infinitive form.
- I wish to speak to Mr Campos, please
- I wish to visit you in the summer, if possible.
- I wish to go now
- I wish to speak to your supervisor, please
Wish + object + to + infinitive:
In the same way, we can use ‘wish’ with an object and an infinitive.
- I do not wish you to publish this article.
- I wish these people to leave.
Wish + Past Simple
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.
- I wish it was friday
Wish + Past Continuous
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.
- They wish it wasn’t snowing
- I wish it wasn’t raining.
- I wish you weren’t leaving tomorrow.
Wish + Past Perfect
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 + Would and Could
We use past tense modals would and could to talk about wishes for the future
- I wish I could have a better house
- I wish I could speak spanish
- I wish that noise would stop
- I wish my parents would let me stay up late
I wish I were
In more formal English, we use the subjunctive form ‘were’ and not ‘was’ after ‘wish’.
- I wish I were taller.
- I wish it were Saturday today.
- I wish he were here.