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Grammar Lessons: The Verb Wish

Grammar Lessons: The Verb Wish

How to use the Verb Wish

Wish + Infinitive

When we use wish followed by a verb in the to-infinitive form.

  1. I wish to speak to Mr Campos, please
  2. I wish to visit you in the summer, if possible.
  3. I wish to go now
  4. 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

  1. I wish I could have a better house
  2. I wish I could speak spanish
  3. I wish that noise would stop
  4. 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.

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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