Hyphothetical constructions

Wish if only would rather / I would prefer it·s time / it·s high time as if / as though

Wish Wish + past tense ( the situation is in the present) ± I wish I had a motorbike = imi doresc sa am o motocicleta wish + past perfect (the situation is in the past) ± I wish I hadn¶t seen him = imi doresc sa nu il fi vazut wish + would + verb (the situation is in the future) ± I wish it would stop raining » would is used when the speaker wants somebody or something else to change or it is used to describe an annoying habit .

I·d rather / I·d prefer I¶d rather + past tense (the situation is in the present) ± I¶d rather you didn¶t smoke in here I¶d rather + past perfect (the situation is in the past) ± I¶d rather you had come .

If only If only + past tense (present situation) ² if only she could stay ( but she can·t) if only + past perfect (past situation) ² if only she had been here (but she hadn·t) if only + would (future situation) ² if only she would come (I know she won·t) .

It·s time / it·s high time They are followed by past simple or continuous (the situation is in the present) ² it·s time we left ² it·s high time I was going .

unreal) unreal) ² he acts as if he were the boss ( he isn·t) as if + past perfect (past situation .real) real) ² you look as if you are having second thoughts (true .you are) .unreal) unreal) ² I feel as if a train had hit me (it hadn·t) as if + present tense ( present situation .As if / As though As if + past tense (present situation .

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