Upper-intermediate grammar exercise: wish
English vocabulary practice exercise, upper-intermediate.
In this exercise you will practise using wish to express hypothesis in the present and the past.
|Expressing hypothesis with wish|
|We use wish to express a hypothetical situation. When we say I wish, we are saying that we want something which is impossible or which is highly unlikely to happen.|
|For hypothesis about the present and future we use I wish + past simple.
I wish I was/were twenty years younger.
I wish I had more time; I’m always so busy.
Don’t you wish you could speak a foreign language fluently?
|For hypothesis about the past, we use I wish + past perfect.
I wish I hadn’t said that.
(= 'I regret that I said it.')
I wish I’d (I had) studied harder at school.
(= 'I regret that I didn’t study harder at school.')
Exercise instructions: Choose the correct answer for each of the following.