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Wish + Past simple

We use Wish  with Past Simple to say we would like things to be different in the present.

 I wish ( that) I  was/ were more confident . (I'm not confident enough)
I wish (that) I could make my own decisions ( I can't make my own decisions)
Lara wishes ( that) she spent more time in the Uk. ( Lara doesn't spend enough time in the uk)
I wish ( that)  i wasn't / weren't so indecisive ( i'm very/ really indecisive)
I wish (that) i didn't have to ask my parents for everything. ( i have to ask my parents for everything)
Lara wishes ( that) her parents didn't make all the decisions for her. ( Lara's parents make all the decisions for her)
we can use Was  or Were after wish, but were can be more formal
Love is blind
  1. Jess is describing her new boyfriend, Kevin. Read the paragraph from her diary

 My boyfriend, kevin, is not very handsome. He's quite short, and He's really thin. He doesn't  like sports, and he never wants to go dancing with me on Saturdays. He can't dance! He spends a lot of time with his friends at the local amusement arcade.
He doesn't get on well with my friends, and they don't like him either.
 He doesn't have much money. He never buys me flowers or chocolates. So, why do I still go out with him? Well, I'm not sure but I really love him. And I believe he can change if he wants to.

2. Write 7 things Jess might wish for .

1- kevin is not very handsome
2-He's not tall
3-He doesn't  like sports
4-He can't dance
5-He doesn't get on well with her friends
6-He doesn't have much money
7-He never buys me flowers or chocolates
Grammar check
Use the words to write complete sentences
1- We/ wish/ have/ car.
2- I/ wish/ not live/ here
3- Jenny/wish/ have/ more money.
4- Mike/wish/can/play the piano
5- They/ wish/ not have /exams
Write wishes for the situations
1- I'm not a lawyer
2- I don't have a big house in the country
3- I have to do lots of homework
4- I'm afraid of snakes
5- I'm so lazy
  Wish You Were Here. (Blackmore's Night )

Listen and then fill in the blanks

I Wish You 
Me, oh, my country
Wish You Were Here...
I Wish You Were Here...

Don't you know, the  is getting colder,
And I miss 
like hell,
And I'm feeling

I've got feelings for you,
Do you still 
the same?
From the first time I laid my eyes on you,
I felt joy of living,
I saw heaven in your
In your
Wish you were here...

I miss your laugh, I miss your ,
I miss 
about you...
Every second's like a
Every minute's like a day
When you're far

The snow is getting colder, baby,
I Wish You Were Here...

A battlefield of  and fear,
And I Wish You Were Here...
I've got feelings for you,
From the first time I laid my eyes on you...






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