grammar – I wish / If only

Grammar – I wish / If only – learn how and when to use this grammatical construction. In this post you will find explanations and some links to online exercises.

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I wish / If only

I. Expressing regret and / or wish

How do we form it?

Examples:

Expressing regret / wish regarding the present

  1. I can’t speak Spanish. –>> I wish / If only I could speak Spanish.
  2. I don’t have a job. –>> I wish / If only I had a job.

*If we want to express a regret or a wish concerning the present we should use the past simple tense.

Expressing regret or wish regarding the past

  1. I didn’t pass the exam. –>> I wish / If only I had passed the exam.
  2. I didn’t go to the party. –>> I wish I had gone to the party.

*If we want to express a regret or a wish concerning the past we should use past perfect simple.

II. Wishing that a person or a situation is going to change at the same time not expecting it to happen.

How do we form it?

Examples:

  1. I wish / If only it would stop raining.
  2. I wish / If only my neighbour would stop playing music.
  3. I wish / If only he would drink less.

Practise online

Learn the theory and then test your knowledge by doing the online exercises below.

https://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-exercise-if-only-I-wish.php

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/grammar/intermediate-to-upper-intermediate/wish-and-if-only

https://www.examenglish.com/grammar/wish_if_only.htm

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