Wish Structure

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Wish Structure

  1. 1. WE WOULD LIKE SOMETHING TO BE DIFFERENT !! We wish … Carmen Torres
  2. 2. Wish - structure <ul><li>OUR REGRET REFERS TO PRESENT </li></ul><ul><li>OUR REGRET REFERS TO PAST </li></ul>I WISH + SIMPLE PAST I WISH + PAST PERFECT
  3. 3. Wish - structure <ul><li>OUR REGRET REFERS TO PRESENT </li></ul><ul><li>I am very lazy I wish I wasn’t lazy </li></ul><ul><li>You are not here I wish you were here </li></ul><ul><li>He doesn’t love me I wish he loved me </li></ul><ul><li>The verb changes into the opposite </li></ul>I WISH + SIMPLE PAST
  4. 4. Wish - structure <ul><li>OUR REGRET REFERS TO PAST </li></ul><ul><li>I didn’t work hard You weren’t there </li></ul><ul><li>I wish I had worked hard </li></ul><ul><li>I wish you had been there </li></ul>I WISH + PAST PERFECT
  5. 5. Some practice FACT (regret) WISH I'm fat I wish I wasn't fat I don't have any friends I wish .................................some friends I didn't work for the exam I wish ...................................... for the exam I can't swim I wish ..................................... swim He doesn't help me I wish ............................................ me I've lost my pen I wish .......................................... my pen
  6. 6. Wish - structure <ul><li>COMPLAINING ABOUT ANNOYING HABITS </li></ul><ul><li>You are always late </li></ul><ul><li>I wish you wouldn’t be late </li></ul>I WISH + subject (never I) + WOULD/ WOULDN'T + INFINITIVE
  7. 7. Wish - structure <ul><li>COMPLAINING ABOUT ANNOYING HABITS </li></ul>FACT (annoying habit) WISH You always cry I wish you wouldn't cry He is usually rude to his brother I wish .................................to his brother She always bites her nails I wish ....................................... her nails You never tidy your room I wish ..................................... your room He sings in the bathroom I wish ................................in the bathroom He never writes letters I wish .......................................... letters
  8. 8. More practice FACT WISH My father is always angry I wish .................................. angry He wasn't with me yesterday I wish .............................. yesterday I am very busy at the moment I wish ...............busy at the moment You never listen to me I wish ................................... to me He threw my newspapers I wish .....................my newspapers He doesn't understand what I mean I wish .......................... what I mean

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