Presentation on theme: "The Verb Wish Author: Eunice García García. LANGUAGE REFERENCE I wish I wish is one of the ways of talking about unreal situations. You can use it to."— Presentation transcript:
LANGUAGE REFERENCE I wish I wish is one of the ways of talking about unreal situations. You can use it to express regrets about the present or past FACT: I´m a teacher. WISH: …but I wish I wasn´t/weren´t a teacher. I wish I was/were a doctor * Were is often used instead of was to make the sentence more formal.
Examples: Facts I studied maths and literature at school. I didn't go to the cinema. She went to Rome last week. Wishes I wish I´d studied Italian. I wish I had gone. I wish I had gone with her.
Present change to past I live in Oxford. I can't go to the party. I wish I lived in Rome. I wish I could go.
Past change to past perfect I studied economics I went to Scotlan for my holidays I wish I´d studied Italian literature. I wish I´d gone to Spain.
More information: In more formal English, we use the subjunctive form 'were' and not 'was' after 'wish'. I wish I were taller. I wish it were Saturday today. I wish the options were a little clearer. Exit