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I WISH - IF ONLY




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I WISH� and IF ONLY

GRAMMAR EXPLANATION
WISHES about present events: WISH + past simple
��������������������������������������������� I am not very tall . I wish I were taller
��������������������������������������������� My father only speaks Spanish. He wishes he spoke English or French
WISHES about past events: WISH + past perfect
���������������������������������������������� We couldn't attend the meeting. We wish we had attended the meeting.
�����������������������������������������������I rained so hard that the party was cancelled.�I wish it hadn't rained�
WISHES about future events: WISH + would/could (use always when talking about annyoing habits)
���������������������������������������������� He leaves his clothes on the floor and his room is a mess. I wish he tidied up after himself
���������������������������������������������� Mr. Urban wants to have an interview with you. He wishes you would meet him next week
IF ONLY is used to make emphatic wishes:
��������������������������������������������� I can't restart the computer. If only I knew how to fix it!
��������������������������������������������� We are completely lost. If only you had brought your GPS!

EXERCISES:
Complete the sentence with the correct tense of the verb in brackets.
1. We always have to take the bus home. I wish we (not live) �so far from the city centre
2.�We are completely soaked. I wish we (bring)��the umbrella
3. He is always whistling. I wish he (not do) �that all the time
4. We are having a wonderful holiday on the beach. I wish you (be) �here
5. This computer is useless. I wish my parents (choose)��a better one when they bought it
6. She's got a new job but she feels bored. She wishes her boss (give) �her more responsibility.
7. He's sorry he missed the wedding ceremony. He wishes he (go)
8. I wish my neighbours (not make) �so much noise. I can hardly sleep at night
9.�Citizens�wish their leaders (start) �doing something to improve the economic situation
10. They have lots of money. Even so, they wished they (have) �more and more
Write a sentence using��"wish"
1. I ate too� much and now I have stomachache.
2. His parents would like him to look after himself
3. I can't smoke anywhere now. The anti-smoking law is so restrictive!
If only
4. It's a pity we don't own a boat, I love sailing.
5. My pupils keep talking in class all the time�and I can't handle it.
6. Visiting the museum was interesting but it would have been nicer to go to the beach
7.�Next Christmas�I would like to stay at home for a change
�next Christmas�
8. He never brings me flowers on our anniversary
9. I failed all my exams. I should have studied harder.
If only
10. I don't like being so tall
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