#EngClass: Wish or Hope? (Revisit)

Heyya, fellas! A couple of weeks ago, we received a question from @Amelia_Feehily. It’s something which I thought ought to be shared with all of you too.

So, @Amelia_Feehily asked about the difference between Wish and Hope. Let’s talk about it today, shall we?

“Wish” and “Hope” in English are similar, but not exactly the same. In fact, if you translate them to Bahasa Indonesia, both mean “berharap”.

Despite the similar meaning, “Wish” and “Hope” are used in different circumstances. So, when do we use “Wish” and “Hope”?

A. WHEN?

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  • “Wish” often talks about regrets or wants.
  • “Wish” is used to express desire for something that the speaker believes is impossible or unlikely to happen.
  • “Wish” is most commonly used in hypothetical situation or imagination; something that is different from reality.
  • “Hope” often focuses on aspirations.
  • “Hope” is used to express desire for something that the speaker believes is possible in the future.
  • “Hope” specify a desired outcome of future event. Or for past hopes, the outcome has usually been already determined.
  • “Hope” is used when there’s a good chance that something might happen in the future.

Before we move on to the second part of today’s discussion. Here’s something to help you summarize what we’ve discussed so far.

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B. HOW?

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Alright! It is time to talk about how to use “Wish” and “Hope” in a sentence.

1. “Wish” can be paired with a past perfect verb in order to express regret.

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Click on the following link for guide on how to use a past perfect verb. #EngClass: Past Perfect Tense

2. “Wish” can also be paired with a simple past verb or conditional modal in order to express an unreal present desire.

slide7 slide8 slide9 slide10Click on the following link for guide on how to use a simple past verb. #EngClass: Simple Past Tense

Click on the following link for guide on conditional modals. #EngClass: Conditional 2

3. “Hope” is often used to talk about future events, situations, or actions. For a future meaning, it is paired with simple present tense.

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Click on the following link for guide on how to use the simple present tense. #EngClass: Simple Present Tense

4. “Hope” can also be used to talk about something that recently happened and will be decided in the future. Here, it is paired with the simple past tense.

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Click on the following link for guide on how to use the simple past tense. #EngClass: Simple Past Tense

5. “Wish” & “hope” can be used in expressing goodwill.

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6. “Wish” & “hope” are also used in certain types of requests and pleasantries.

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Here’s something to summarize our discussion on how to use “wish” and “hope”.

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Now, we’ve come to the end of today’s session. I hope the explanation was clear enough and not too boring.

If you still have any other question on how to use “wish” and “hope”, feel free to mention us ;)

That’s a wrap, fellas! Thanks for tuning in to today’s session. See you again tomorrow. XOXO

 

 

Compiled and written by @miss_qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

 

Related post: #ENGCLASS: “WISH” VS “HOPE”

 

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