dimanche 15 mars 2020


Expressing wishes & hopes:

We use wish (that)+were/was/would/could or past tenses to express wishes for unlikely or impossible situations and to express regrets.

wish (that)+were/was/would/could or past tenses

I wish I had more money.

He wishes he had more friends.

They wish they had a bigger house.

My brother wishes he were/was taller.

She wishes she were/was more beautiful.

Rebecca wishes she had curly hair.

I wish the lesson would end. (I want it to end).

wish my car would start. (I can’t make it start and I want it to start).

Wish in fixed expressions: wish+noun:

I/we wish you… is used in fixed expressions.

I wish you a happy birthday.

We wish you good luck in your new job.


Note that for wishes about things that are positive and seem likely in the future, we normally use hope+that-clause with present simple (or future simple (will+infinitivealthough it is less common):

hope+that-clause with present simple or future simple (will+infinitive):

hope that you get better for the journey; you seem recovering quickly.

We hope she passes her driving test next week.

I hope she comes to see us when she passes through New York.(I hope she’ll come to see us when she passes through New York.)

I hope he has a good time in Florida next month. (I hope he’ll have a good time in Florida next month.)

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