We use the ‘wish + past tense’ structure to talk about things in the world that you wish were different.

Notes
(i) although this structure uses the past tense, it is talking about things now that you don’t like (wish structures ‘go backwards’ one tense)
(ii) for ‘can’, use ‘could’
(iii) for ‘will’, use ‘would’

Examples of wishes

I wish I had a bigger house
I wish I owned a car
I wish I didn’t have to work
I wish I got better test scores
I wish I could fly
He wishes she wouldn’t keep calling him
She wishes he would look at her

Exercises

What things do you wish were different in the world?