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Uses Of `I Wish´ And if only

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Uses Of `I Wish´ And if only

  1. 2. <ul><li>We use wish with past Tenses forms (simple and continuous) </li></ul><ul><li>to express regrets about present situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Past Simple  Present </li></ul><ul><li>I wish I Knew the answer. ( I don´t) </li></ul><ul><li>I wish I was taller. ( I´m not very tall) </li></ul><ul><li>I wish they were better at sports.( they are not) </li></ul>
  2. 5. <ul><li>We use wish with the Past Perfect when we have </li></ul><ul><li>regrets about the past. </li></ul><ul><li>Past perfect  Past </li></ul><ul><li>I wish I had known you then.(but I didn´t) </li></ul><ul><li>Could Have  Past </li></ul><ul><li>I wish I could have explained.(I wasn´t able to) </li></ul>
  3. 6. <ul><li>If only can be more emphatic than I wish. The verb forms are the same as the patterns with wish. </li></ul><ul><li>If only I had more money!(but I haven´t) </li></ul><ul><li>If only I was going on hollyday with you! </li></ul><ul><li>If only you were here!(but you´re not) </li></ul><ul><li>If only the sun would come out! </li></ul><ul><li>If only I ´d listened to you!(but i didn´t) </li></ul>

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