Bilbao School » GRAMMAR SECTION: WISHES GRAMMAR SECTION: WISHES – Bilbao School of English


Esta semana desde la Academia Inglés Bilbao School te explicamos la forma gramatical “Wishes” y te damos unos ejercicios para completar.




We use wish to refer to expresses a desire for a situation that doesn’t exist now. It’s used for things which are impossible or very unlikely. If you want to express a desire about the future, we use hope instead of wish.


There are five wish forms in the English language.


Wish + past simple


This is for wishes about the past, present or future, or just generally.


a) I wish I had purple eyes.



Wish + past perfect


This form shows regret for past actions that did or did not happen.


b) I wish I hadn’t bought this dress.



Wish + would


This is a form that allows you to show that you do not like or disapprove of other people’s behaviour. It allows you to criticise or complain about something.


c) I wish you wouldn’t drink so much alcohol! It’s bad for your health.


*NOTE It is INCORRECT to say ‘I wish I would’.



Wish + could


It is not possible to say ‘I wish I would…’, but it is possible to say ‘I wish I could…’. Use this form to express a hypothetical situation about the present or future.


d) I wish I could wear my old clothes again, but I’ve put on so much weight.



Wish + infinitive


This is a very formal style, which we don’t use very often.


e) I wish to travel first class. Are there any seats available?



Exercise 1.- Grammar


Complete the sentence with the word in brackets


a) I wish you _____________ (be)  Your room is always messy.


b) I wish I _____________ (buy) that Ferrari last year. It is very expensive to maintain.


c) I wish you would _____________ (listen) to me. I always have to repeat myself.


d) He wishes he _____________(not say) that to her. She hasn’t stopped crying for days.


e) My mother wishes she ____________ (have) more children now that we have grown up!


f) I wish you _____________ (leave) your clothes on the bathroom floor.


g) I wish I _____________ (have) straight hair. These curls are difficult to manage.


h) I wish I _____________ (study) more at school. Then I might have gone to university and had a better job today.


Accede mediante el siguiente enlace a la explicación gramatical del mes pasado sobre «Participle clauses«

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