I wish, If only. Wishes about the present. We use wish with past Tense forms (simple and continuous) to express regret about present situations: - I wish I wastaller = (I’m not very tall) - I wish I was goingwith you = (but Im not) I wish you weremore help. = (you are not) I wish I were can replace I wish I was.
There are three distinct types of I wish / if only sentences: Wish, wanting change for the present or future with the simple past. Regret with the past perfect. Complaints with would + verb.
Wish and If only have a more pesimistic thought, meanwhile, Hope has a more optimistic thought about something. Wish/ If only: Wish/ If only + past simple: We use this expression to say we would like a present situation to be different. I wish I had a warmer jacket. (This one doesn’t keep me warm) If only it was summer holidays.
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I wish/If only I wish I did We can use wish + past simple to talk about things that we would like to be different in the present or future (but which are very unlikely or impossible). I wish things were different, but this is the way they are.
"wish" / "if only" We can use "wish" and "if only" to express an unlikely or impossible desire or a regret: with the past simple to express an impossible desire in the present: "I wish I lived in the countryside." "If only I lived in the countryside." I don’t live in the countryside in the present so this desire is impossible.
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We use wish and if only to talk about things that we would like to be different in either the present or the past. If only is usually a bit stronger than wish. In the present. We can use wish/if only + a past form to talk about a present situation we would like to be different. I wish you didnt live so far away. If only we knew what to do.
I wish Trump hadn’t been elected. wish + would + infinitive – expression of annoyance at another person’s actions. I wish you would shut up. I wish my neighbour’s dog wouldn’t bark at night. Wish can be substituted for if only. If only I had more time; If only you hadn’t lent me that money. If only my neighbour’s dog wouldn’t bark at night
wish / if only + would This pattern is used for wishes about the future when there is a chance that something may happen or somebody (but not the person who wishes) may change their behaviour:
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