Presentation on theme: "Wishes, regrets and preferences Wish is used to talk about situations which wed like to change but cant because they are beyond our control. e.g. I wish."— Presentation transcript:
Wishes, regrets and preferences Wish is used to talk about situations which wed like to change but cant because they are beyond our control. e.g. I wish I could swim. I wish they were here. Use the past tense when referring to a present state/situation.
wish If the situation happened in the past, then we use the past perfect (had+past participle) e.g. I wish I hadnt bought that car. Its costing a fortune in maintenance bills. They wish they had fixed the roof last summer. Its leaking again!
Wish + would Use wish + would to complain a present situation. E.g. I wish you wouldnt smoke in the house. I wish he would stop teasing his sister. N.B. Do not say I wish I would
Wish + would - impatience Use I wish sth. would happen when we want sth. To happen badly. E.g. I wish itd stop raining. I wish mom would come home soon. Careful: I wish it were Friday Not I wish it would be Friday.
Wish?/if only? if only can replace wish with a slightly stronger sense of stress. e.g. I wish I hadnt given the secret away/If only I hadnt given the secret away.
Id rather Use would rather to express a preference: 1. about our own actions: present state/situation: Id rather live in Iceland than anywhere else in the world. past state/situation: Id rather have studied medicine than English lit.
Id rather 2.about someone elses actions present situation use a past tense: Id rather you did the washing up now. Theyd rather we came this afternoon. For a past situation use would rahter+past participle: Id rather you hadnt told her the joke.
Its time/Its about time/Its high time Use its time and its high time to indicate that something should happen soon (use the past tense) e.g. Its time/high time Pálmi had a hair cut. Its about time Jóhanna found a job and settled down.
Its time to do... Use Its time to do sth. To show that the moment for sth. To happen has come. e.g. Its eleven oclock already. Its time to go to bed. I havent seen my relatives for years. Its time to pay them a visit.
reference Hains, S & Steward, B. (2004). First Certificate Masterclass. Oxford University Press. Oxford.