I WISH …..

Make three wishes for the  genie….

This  is mine:

 I wish I wasn’t here now. I wish I was on vacaion.


Now, listen to Pearl Jam


I wish I was a neutron bomb, for once I could go off I wish I was a sacrifice but somehow still lived on I wish I was a sentimental ornament you hung on The Christmas tree, I wish I was the star that went on top I wish I was the evidence, I wish I was the grounds For 50 million hands upraised and open toward the sky
I wish I was a sailor with someone who waited for me I wish I was as fortunate, as fortunate as me I wish I was a messenger and all the news was good I wish I was the full moon shining off a Camaro’s hood
I wish I was an alien at home behind the sun I wish I was the souvenir you kept your house key on I wish I was the pedal brake that you depended on I wish I was the verb ‘to trust’ and never let you down
I wish I was a radio song, the one that you turned up I wish… I wish…

What are your wishes share them with the class.

“What is she doing?” (running in the rain)

“Does she want to be running in the rain?” (no) “

“What does she want to be doing?” (sitting at home with a cup of tea).

Person in  prison:

Why is he in prison?” (because he stole a car)

“Does he regret stealing the car?” (if students are not comfortable  with the verb regret:

“Does he want to change the past?” (yes)

What does he regret?” (stealing the car)

“So he wishes he hadn’t stolen the car?”

Wishes about the present and future

1. We use wish + past simple to express that we want a situation in the present (or future) to be different. •I wish I spoke Italian. (I don’t speak Italian.) •I wish I had a big car. (I don’t have a big car.) •I wish I was on a beach. (I’m in the office.) Future: I wish it was the weekend tomorrow. (It’s only Thursday tomorrow.)

2. We use wish + past continuous to express that we want to be doing a different action in the present (or future). •I wish I was lying on a beach now. (I’m sitting in the office.) •I wish it wasn’t raining. (It is raining.) •I wish you weren’t leaving tomorrow. (You are leaving tomorrow.)

Wishes about the past

1.We use wish + past perfect to express a regret, or that we want a situation in the past to be different.

•I wish I hadn’t eaten so much. (I ate a lot.)

•I wish they’d come on holiday with us. (They didn’t come on holiday with us.)

•I wish I had studied harder at school. (I was lazy at school.) Wish + would

1.We use wish + would + bare infinitive to express impatience, annoyance or dissatisfaction with a present action.

•I wish you would stop smoking. (You are smoking at the moment and it is annoying me.)

•I wish it would stop raining. (I’m impatient because it is raining and I want to go outside.)

•I wish she’d be quiet. (I am annoyed because she is speaking.)

Wish and hope

1.To simply express that you want something to happen in the future (not talking about wanting an action or situation to be different, and not talking about impatience or annoyance) we use hope, not wish. •I hope it’s sunny tomorrow.

NOT I wish it was sunny tomorrow. •I hope she passes her exam next week. NOT I wish she were passing her exam next week. •I hope the plane doesn’t crash tomorrow.

NOT I wish the plane wouldn’t crash tomorrow. Wish and want

1.We can use wish + infinitive or wish + object + infinitive to mean want in a formal situation.

•I wish to leave now. (+ infinitive)

•I wish to speak to your supervisor please. (+ infinitive)

•I do not wish my name to appear on the list. (+ object + infinitive)

Wish in fixed expressions

1.We can use I/We wish you in fixed expressions.

•I wish you a happy birthday.

•We wish you good luck in your new job.


1.In connected speech catenation and elision often occur with wish.

•I wish I’d studied harder: /wI ʃaɪd/ (catenation – the last consonant sound of wish is joined to the vowel sound in I)

•I wish he hadn’t done that: /wI ʃiː/ (catenation and elison – as above, and the first consonant sound in he is elided)


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