Regrets are things that you did, but now wish you had not done (or things you did not do, but now wish you had done)

How to express regret

I wish + past perfect

– example

I wish I hadn’t called her a ‘dog-faced idiot’. Now she won’t talk to me.

Examples of regrets

I wish I had studied harder
I wish I had gone with you
I wish you hadn’t said that
I wish I hadn’t eaten 3 pizzas for lunch
He wishes he had seen the movie
She wishes he hadn’t done that

Exercise

Think of three regrets from the past, and explain them using the ‘I wish + past perfect’ structure