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You can say «I wish you luck / every success / a happy birthday» etc. :
1. I wish you every success in the future.
2. I saw Tim before the exam and he wished me luck.
We say «wish somebody something» (luck / a happy birthday etc.). But you cannot «wish that something happens». We use hope in this situation. For example:
- I hope you get this letter before you go away. (not I wish you get)
Compare I wish and I hope:
1. I wish you a pleasant stay here.
2. I hope you have a pleasant stay here. (not I wish you have)
Read the rules
We also use wish to say that we regret something, that something is not as we would like it.
When we use wish in this way, we use the past (knew/lived etc.), but the meaning is present:
1. I wish I knew what to do about the problem. (I don’t know and I regret this)
2. I wish you didn’t have to go so soon. (you have to go)
3. Do you wish you lived near the sea? (you don’t live near the sea)
4. Jack’s going on a trip to Mexico soon. I wish I was going too. (I’m not going)
To say that we regret something in the past, we use wish + had… (had known / had said) etc.
1. I wish I’d known about the party. I would have gone if I’d known. (I didn’t know)
2. It was a stupid thing to say. I wish I hadn’t said it. (I said it)
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I wish I could (do something) = I regret that I cannot do it:
1. I’m sorry I have to go. I wish I could stay longer. (but I can’t)
2. I’ve met that man before. I wish I could remember his name. (but I can’t)
I wish I could have (done something) = I regret that I could not do it:
- I hear the party was great. I wish I could have gone. (but I couldn’t go)
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You can say «I wish (somebody/something) would (do something)». For example:
- It’s been raining all day. Jill doesn’t like it. She says: I wish it would stop raining.
- Jill would like the rain to stop, but this will probably not happen.
We use I wish… would when we would like something to happen or change. Usually, the speaker doesn’t expect this to happen.
We often use I wish… would to complain about a situation:
1. The phone has been ringing for five minutes. I wish somebody would answer it.
2. I wish you would do something instead of just sitting and doing nothing.
You can use I wish… wouldn’t… to complain about things that people do repeatedly:
- I wish you wouldn’t keep interrupting me.
We use I wish… would… for actions and changes, not situations. Compare:
1. I wish Sarah would come. (= I want her to come)
but I wish Sarah was (or were) here now. (not I wish Sarah would be)
2. I wish somebody would buy me a car.
but I wish I had a car. (not I wish I would have)
Put in wish(ed) or hope(d)
Complete the sentences with one of the words from the list
For the following situations, write sentences with would or wouldn’t… .
Correct grammar mistakes and rewrite the sentences.
Example: We (did bought) have bought a car.
Put the verb into the correct form
If you open the lesson plan you will be able to assign separate pages as homework or all the homework pages at once.
- I wish you luck
- Wish + had...
- I wish I could
- I wish...would...
- I wish you a pleasant stay...
- I wish it would stop raining
- I wish Sarah were here now
- I wish I hadn't said it
- 1. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|1. I am doing and I do
- 2. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|2. I am doing and I do
- 3. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|3. I did
- 4. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|4. I was doing
- 5. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|5. I have done
- 6. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|6. I have done 2
- 7. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|7. I have been doing
- 8. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|8. I've been doing / I've done
- 9. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|9. How long have you (been)...?
- 10. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|10. For/since; When/How long?
- 11. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|11. I have done and I did
- 12. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|12. I have done and I did 2
- 13. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|13. I had done
- 14. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|14. I had been doing
- 15. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|15. The future: I am doing / I do
- 16. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|16. I will and I'm going to
- 17. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|17. Future: Continuous/Perfect
- 18. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|18. Conditional I
- 19. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|19. Can, could and (be) able to
- 20. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|20. Have to and must
- 21. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|21. If I do... and If I did...
- 22. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|22. If I knew... I wish I knew...
- 23. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|23. Conditional III
- 24. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|24. Wish
- 25. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|25. Is done / was done
- 26. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|26. Be/been/being + done
- 27. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|27. Passive 3
- 28. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|28. Passive: He is said to...
- 29. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|29. Have something done
- 30. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|30. He said that...
- 31. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|31. Say and Tell
- 32. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|32. Do you know where..?
- 33. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|33. Auxiliary verbs; so/neither
- 34. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|34. Do you? Isn't it? etc.
- 35. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|35. Gerund
- 36. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|36. Verb + to Infinitive
- 37. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|37. Verb + Object + to Infinitive
- 38. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|38. -ing or to: change in meaning
- 39. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|39. Try/Need/Help: -ing or to
- 40. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|40. Like / Would like: -ing or to
- 41. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|41. Some/any/no/none
- 42. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|42. Much/many/few/little
- 43. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|43. Both/either/neither/all/every