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Title: uses of the verb wish


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uses of the verb wish
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Let's start off with the easy part. I wish to'
can mean the same as 'I want to' but it is much
more formal and much less common.
  • I wish to make a complaint.
  • I wish to see the manager.

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You can also use 'wish' with a noun to 'offer
good wishes'.
  • We wish you a merry Christmas.
  • I wish you all the best in your new job.

4
Notice that when you want to offer good wishes
using a verb, you must use 'hope ' and not 'wish.
  • We wish you the best of luck.
  • We hope you have the best of luck.
  • I wish you a safe and pleasant journey.
  • I hope you have a safe and pleasant journey.

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However, the main use of 'wish' is to say that we
would like things to be different from what they
are, that we have regrets about the present
situation.
  • I wish I was rich.
  • He wishes he lived in Paris.
  • They wish they'd chosen a different leader.

6
Notice that the verb tense which follows 'I wish'
is 'more in the past' than the tense
corresponding to its meaning.
  • I'm too fat. I wish I was thin.
  • I never get invited to parties. I wish I got
    invited to parties.
  • It's raining. I wish it wasn't raining.
  • I went to see the latest Star Wars film. I wish I
    hadn't gone.
  • I've eaten too much. I wish I hadn't eaten so
    much.
  • I'm going to visit her later. I wish I wasn't
    going to visit her later.

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In the case of 'will' , where 'will' means 'show
willingness' we use 'would'. We also use would
to refer to an annoying behavior.
  • He won't help me. I wish he would help me.
  • You're making too much noise. I wish you would be
    quiet.
  • You keep interrupting me. I wish you wouldn't do
    that.

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However, when 'will' means a future event, we
cannot use 'wish' and must use 'hope'.
  • There's a strike tomorrow. I hope some buses will
    still be running.
  • I hope everything will be fine in your new job.

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In more formal English, we use the subjunctive
form 'were' and not 'was' after 'wish'.
  • I wish I were taller.
  • I wish it were Saturday today.
  • I wish the options were a little clearer.

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  1. Youre making too much noise.
  2. Have a nice trip.
  3. Look at the rain.
  4. It was a secret.
  5. I hate being old.
  6. I could have helped.
  7. Im quite small.
  8. The garden is very dry.
  1. I wish you hadnt told her.
  2. I wish youd told me about it.
  3. I wish I was taller.
  4. I wish you would be quiet.
  5. I wish I was coming with you.
  6. I wish I were young again.
  7. I wish it would rain.
  8. I wish it would stop.

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  • Youre making too much noise. I wish you would be
    quiet.
  • Have a nice trip. I wish I was coming with you.
  • Look at the rain. I wish it would stop.
  • It was a secret. I wish you hadnt told her.
  • I hate being old. I wish I were young again.
  • I could have helped. I wish youd told me about
    it.
  • Im quite small. I wish I was taller.
  • The garden is very dry. I wish it would rain.

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hadnt come werent leaving hadnt agreed
to makewould stop would make up
would do had gone could have
  1. I wish you your mind.
  2. I wish I another chance to do it again.
  3. I wish they something about it.
  4. I wish I . Its so boring here.
  5. I wish you the company. Im going to miss you.
  6. I wish I to give a speech. Im so nervous now.
  7. I wish I . It sound like it was a fantastic
    party.
  8. I wish a complaint. The service has been
    appalling.
  9. I wish the phone ringing. We have had so many
    calls today.

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  1. I wish you would make up your mind.
  2. I wish I could have another chance to do it
    again.
  3. I wish they would do something about it.
  4. I wish I hadnt come. Its so boring here.
  5. I wish you werent leaving the company. Im going
    to miss you.
  6. I wish I hadnt agreed to give a speech. Im so
    nervous now.
  7. I wish I had gone. It sound like it was a
    fantastic party.
  8. I wish to make a complaint. The service has been
    appalling.
  9. I wish the phone would stop ringing. We have had
    so many calls today.
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