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Today, let’s take a quick look at how we can use wish:

Wish can be used with the following tenses:

  • Past Simple (When we want things to be different)

Rome visit, June 2008 - 57 by Ed Yourdon. License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

I wish I was single again. (I’m married now)

  • Past Continuous (When we want to do something else instead of what we’re doing now or later)


I wish I was sleeping right now. (I’m working on this blog post)

  • Past Perfect (When you talk about something you regret)


I wish I had studied Cinematograhy at University.
(I majored in International Relations and I’m not happy about my choice)

  • You can also use wish with would when you’re not satisfied with what’s happening now.

Annoyed man

I wish he would shut up! (He talks too much and it’s annoying)

Let’s practice these uses of wish:

Is there anything you wish you were doing now?

Let us know in the comments section and I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

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