#EngGrammar: The Use of ‘Wish’

Hi, fellas, what’s up? Has your Monday been well so far? If not, let’s just turn the frown upside down.

We have public holiday in the middle of this week. It might be a long weekend for some of you. Quite something to look forward to, isn’t it?

Although, there are some people who wish they could enjoy the holiday instead of going to work (like me).

Notice that I used ‘wish + subject + past simple’ in ‘wish they could’ to express regret that a situation isn’t how the subject wants it.

The sentence itself means instead of taking a break and enjoying the long weekend, some people have to go to work and wish they would not.

We normally use ‘wish’ to talk about something that is impossible to happen, and it can be in the past, present, or future. #EngGrammar

Now I’m going to specify on present time first. Example 1: I wish I didn’t have to go to school tomorrow. #EngGrammar

You can also add ‘that’ in the sentence, making it ‘I wish that I didn’t have to go to school tomorrow’, but it is optional. #EngGrammar

Example 2: I wish you were here. I really need you right now. #EngGrammar

Meaning: a certain somebody was not present at that moment, albeit urgently needed, and the speaker didn’t want it that way. #EngGrammar

In Bahasa Indonesia, it will go, ‘Aku bener2 pingin kamu ada di sini. Aku butuh kamu.’ *uhuk* #EngGrammar

Example 3: It’s burning hot here. I wish it would rain soon (Panas sekali di sini. Mudah2an cepet hujan). #EngGrammar

Example 4: My friend is getting more annoying. I wish she would go home soon. #EngGrammar

‘Wish + subject’ can be paired with almost all verbs. However, it’s not recommended to use the form ‘I wish I would’. #EngGrammar

Let’s say that you woke up late one day and you arrived late at school. We should not say ‘I wish I would wake up earlier.’ #EngGrammar

Because how does something that hasn’t happened yet become regrettable? #EngGrammar

As alternatives, you can say ‘I wish I woke up earlier‘ or ‘I wish I could wake up earlier’. #EngGrammar

Yup, I think that’s all for today! Let’s catch up next week for further use of ‘wish’.

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Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 21 September, 2015

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