Wish Clauses In English we express desire and regret in different ways, and the two most common methods

of doing this are in the ‘would’ and ‘wish’ forms. The former, ‘would’, is often used in conjunction with words such as ‘like’ and ‘love’, while ‘wish’ is used with a variety of words, as the following exercises demonstrate. 1. ………………..something to eat or drink? (would, like) 2. Yes please, …………. a glass of milk, if you have any. (would, love) 3. On Saturday we’re all going to a football match. ……………. to come? (would, like) 4. It’s a shame we can’t go to the match. I …………………… to go. (would, love) 5. For once, I …………… to the cinema without having to sit behind a really tall person. (would, like, go) 6. …………….. to be able to go to sleep, but I have to finish this essay by tomorrow. (would, love) 7. ……………. to go the theatre this weekend, but I’m too busy. (want, go) Quite often, ‘wish’ is used with a form of the word ‘is’. In the following exercises, ‘is’ changes to ‘were’ or ‘was’. 1. I’m shorter than I want to be. I wish I were/was taller. (wish, is) 2. I wish I weren’t/wasn’t so lazy; then I would have done this work long ago. (wish, is) 3. It is too cold in Prague. I …………….. so cold. (wish, is) 4. If I weren’t so old I might be able to afford the cut-price transport tickets. I………………...younger. (wish, is) 5. I………………able to take you to the zoo, but I have to wash my car (wish, is) 6. I’m tired, but I need to be at work in an hour. I ………………… to work. (wish, go) Sometimes, when speaking about the present, we use wish with ‘had’. When speaking about the past we may use ‘had had’ or ‘hadn’t had’: 1. I wish I had an umbrella, now the rain has started to fall. 2. I do not have a car. I wish I had a car. (wish, have) 3. Paul is in trouble with the police. Now he ………………….. that painting (wish, steal) 4. Jane is late for work. Now she ……………………….set her alarm clock last night. (wish, set) 5. Q. Do you have any regrets? A. Yes, I …………………. more in my youth. (wish, travel) 6. My plane leaves early tomorrow morning and I still haven’t packed. I ……………. it earlier. (wish, do) 7. I have no money left. I ……………………more with me. (wish, bring) Rewrite the following sentences, using the ‘wish’ form: 8. I drank far too much beer last night. I ………………………..

2. 11. but didn’t: I now regret this. I dyed my hair blue. In wish clauses.9. I …………………. 10. My brother and sister are fighting over the computer. I saw a house that I thought about buying. Do you regret coming to the beach without a towel? Do you……………………… 14. 12.. I’m sitting in a boring English class and I want it to stop. I……………………………. John feels that he is too weak.. John ……………………………. 3. I can’t get to sleep because my brother keeps snoring. I ate nothing for breakfast. we may use ‘wish’ along with ‘would’. there are two important verbs which do not: ‘to be’ and ‘to have’. I ………………………… come to an agreement. most verbs can go alongside ‘would’. John ………………………… 13. When we want to express a desire for future events. now I’m hungry. I ……………………….end.. as the first example demonstrates: 1. However. I wish it would snow. We came to the mountains to ski. and that his muscles are far too small. Robert was born in Scotland but now lives in South Africa. and now I hate it! I ………………………. and there is no snow. and he misses his homeland terribly. . I ………………………… 4.

1. but I’m too busy. Now he wishes he hadn’t stolen that painting (wish. (wish. It is too cold in Prague. I wish I had a car. ‘is’ changes to ‘were’ or ‘was’. (wish. then I would have done this work long ago. (wish.Wish Clauses – Answer Key In English we express desire and regret in different ways. as the following exercises demonstrate. is) 2. but I have to finish this essay by tomorrow. If I weren’t so old I might be able to afford the cut-price transport tickets. while ‘wish’ is used with a variety of words. is often used in conjunction with words such as ‘like’ and ‘love’. . would love a glass of milk. I would like to go to the cinema without having to sit behind a really tall person. steal) 4. go) Quite often. Q. like) 4. (wish. have) 3. now the rain has started to fall. go) 6. set) 5. When speaking about the past we may use ‘had had’ or ‘hadn’t had’. travel) 6. (want. I’m tired. I wish I weren’t/wasn’t so lazy. (would. (wish. love) 3. Would you like to come? (would. but I need to be at work in an hour. is) 4. My plane leaves early tomorrow morning and I still haven’t packed. I wish I were/was taller. I wish I had travelled more in my youth. 2. using a wish clause. Yes please. It’s a shame we can’t go to the match. like) 2. I wish it weren’t / wasn’t so cold. (wish. I wish I had an umbrella. and the two most common methods of doing this are in the ‘would’ and ‘wish’ forms. I wish I had brought more with me. I wish I was / were younger. is) 3. Would you like something to eat or drink? (would. I would love to be able to go to sleep. I wish I was able to take you to the zoo. I have no money left. love) 7. 1. is) 6. love) 5. (wish. (would. ‘wish’ is used with a form of the word ‘is’. The former. I would love to go. (would. bring) Rewrite the following sentences. we use wish with ‘had’. go) Sometimes. but I have to wash my car. On Saturday we’re all going to a football match. (wish. Yes. (would. Paul is in trouble with the police. Do you have any regrets? A. I wish I didn’t have to go to work. do) 7. For once. Now she wishes she had set her alarm clock last night. I’m shorter than I want to be. ‘would’. (wish. if you have any. (wish. (wish. Jane is late for work. is) 5. I want to go the theatre this weekend. I wish I had done it earlier. I do not have a car. In the following exercises. like. and this is known as expressing regret: 1. when speaking about the present.

12. 3. 9. I saw a house that I thought about buying. 11. I wish he would stop. I wish I hadn’t drunk so much. I can’t get to sleep because my brother keeps snoring. I drank far too much beer last night. John feels that he is too weak. now I’m hungry. John wishes that he was stronger. I wish I had bought that house. there are two important verbs which do not: ‘to be’ and ‘to have’. I wish it would snow. and now I hate it! I wish I had never dyed my hair blue. and there is no snow. we may use ‘wish’ along with ‘would’. We came to the mountains to ski. In wish clauses.8. 13. I wish it would end. My brother and sister are fighting over the computer. I dyed my hair blue. 2. I wish they would come to an agreement. I wish I had eaten some breakfast. . Robert was born in Scotland but now lives in South Africa. When we want to express a desire for future events. However. most verbs can go alongside ‘would’. Robert wishes he was back in Scotland. and he misses his homeland terribly. and that his muscles are far too small. 10. 4. I’m sitting in a boring English class and I want it to stop. I ate nothing for breakfast. Do you regret coming to the beach without a towel? Do you wish you had brought a towel to the beach? 14. as the first example demonstrates: 1. but didn’t: I now regret this.

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