3.2 I wish, if only

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término English definición English
Use wish + past simple
I wish I had more time (But I don't have more time.) I wish you were here. (But you aren't here.).
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for things you want to change but it is impossible or not likely
Use wish + could
I wish I could swim. (But I can't).
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to talk about possibilities and abilities you want to change
Use wish + person / thing + would
I wish you'd listen to me! I wish Pat wouldn't text all the time.
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to talk about things you want to change because they annoy you
Don't use this to talk about yourself.
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NOT: * I wish I wouldn't speak English better.
Notes: In formal English, use I wish + were.
I wish I were taller.
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Notes: In spoken English it is increasingly common to use I wish + was.
I wish I was there.
Use wish + past perfect
I wish I'd stayed at home. They wish they hadn't come. I wish I'd never met him.
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to talk about things which happened or didn't happen in the past and which you regret now
Use if only instead of wish
If only we lived nearer my parents. If only I could afford a holiday. If only the car would start. If only I'd listened to my teacher.
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to talk about the present or past; it can show more emotion than I wish although this depends on intonation

Learn how to use I wish if only

This lesson will teach you how to form a sentence to show that you are regretting the past. It will also teach you what is the meaning of I wish if only that you will use in the regret sentence. You will learn in which situations and how to use I wish if only - all that with our flashcard lesson! Learn how to express a wish or a desire in English with this lesson and continue improving your English language skills with VocApp!

I wish if only in English grammar

I wish if only are used to express a wish for something in a polite way or to show that you desire something for someone else. I wish if only are used in case there is an impossible desire or regret that something will not happen. You can use I wish if only with past perfect to express a regret about something that happened in the past (If only I hadn't told her the truth.). Also, I wish if only can be used with would or could to show that you want something that is impossible in the present (I wish you would earn 1000 euros.). I wish if only can be used with a verb in Past Simple to express a regret or something impossible to happen (I wish I lived close to the ocean.). I wish if only can also be used in conditional clauses in order to describe an impossible condition. In this case, I wish if only will be part of a sentence that will be followed by the imagined result. I wish if only are also examples of the subjunctive mood. We use the subjunctive mood to express something impossible or unlikely to happen. This lesson will also teach you I wish I was vs I wish I were and when we use were. Here is a short list of all the things you will learn in this lesson:
  • 1. wish + past simple
  • 2. wish + could
  • 3. wish + person / thing + would
  • 4. when not to use wish
  • 5. how to use wish in formal and spoken English

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