Wish + Past Tense

1. Wishing life was different

To talk about things you wish were different, use:
‘wish’ + past tense’

*Note: although the past tense is used, it is talking about things now. This is because ‘wish’ moves tenses backwards.
* Change ‘can’ to ‘could’, and ‘will’ to ‘would’.

Problem1. Wish2. Past tense3. Full sentence
I have a small houseI wishI had a bigger houseI wish I had a bigger house.
Joan has no carJoan wishesshe owned a carJoan wishes she owned a car.
You have to workyou wishyou didn’t have to workI know you wish you didn’t have to work.
The class gets bad test scoresThe class wishesit got better test scoresThe class wishes it got better test scores.
I cannot flyI wishI could flyI wish I could fly.
She will keep calling SeanSean wishesshe wouldn’t keep calling himSean wishes she wouldn’t keep calling him.
He will not look at herShe wisheshe would look at herShe wishes he would look at her.

2. Exercises

What things do you wish were different in the world?

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