Wish + Past Perfect

1. Regrets

Regrets are:
1. things that you did, but wish you had not.
2. things you did not do, but wish you did.

To talk about regrets, use:
wish + past perfect

*The past perfect is ‘had + p.p.’.
P.p is done, gone, seen, eaten, etc.

Regret1. Wish2. Past perfect3. Full sentence
I did not study hard.I wishI had studied harderI wish I had studied harder.
He did not go with her.He wisheshe had gone with herHe wishes he had gone with her.
Denise said something stupid.Denise wishesshe hadn’t said thatDenise wishes she hadn’t said that.
I ate three pizzas for lunch.I wishI hadn’t eaten three pizzas for lunchI wish I hadn’t eaten three pizzas for lunch.
We did not see the movie.We wishwe had seen the movieWe wish we had seen the movie.
They did something wrong.They wishshe hadn’t done thatThey wish she hadn’t done that.
I called her a ‘horse-faced idiot’.I wishI hadn’t called her a ‘horse-faced idiot’I wish I hadn’t called her a ‘horse-faced idiot’. Now she won’t talk to me.

2. Exercises

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

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