Grammar point: I wish…
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’.
- I wish I were taller.
- I wish it were Saturday today.
- I wish he were here.