Grammar point: I wish…


Dear students,

Today we’ll work on one specific grammar point: I wish…

The main use of ‘wish’ is to say that we would like things to be different from what they are, that we have regrets about the present situation.
  • I wish I was rich.
  • He wishes he lived in Paris.
Notice that the verb tense which follows ‘I wish‘ is ‘more in the past’ than the tense corresponding to its meaning. The following 3 ideas are regrets about the present situation but the main verb after wish is used in the past.
  • I wish I spoke Italian. (I don’t speak Italian)
  • I wish I had a big car. (I don’t have a big car)
  • I wish I was on a beach. (I’m in the office)
  • I wish it was the weekend. (It’s only Wednesday)
  • 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.


In more formal English, we use the subjunctive form ‘were’ and not ‘was’ after ‘wish’.

Posted on November 11, 2015, in Period 4. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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