Using wish / If Only

Ginett Sanchez Hermoso
Ginett Sanchez HermosoOrganizational Coach and Master Coach en Freelance Coach à Valuenet Servicios
By: MsC. Ginett Sánchez
USING WISH / IF ONLY
We use the verbWISH and the expression IF ONLY
to express a wish or desire.
IF ONLY is more emphatic than WISH
Examples:
I WISH I were a millionaire
IF ONLY I had more time
To express our wish to change the present into a
different reality or when we would like something
to be different in the present, we use the following
structure:
WISH /IF ONLY +past simple or past continuous.
Examples:
I wish I had a new car
If only he were dancing with me
In formal English you use “were”
instead of “was”
To express regret about something that happened
or did not happen in the past, we use the following
structure:
WISH /IF ONLY +past perfect .
Examples:
I wish I had studied for my EnglishTest
If only he had called me sooner
To say a polite imperative or wish for a change in a
situation or someone’s behavior, we use the
following structure:
WISH /IF ONLY + would.
Examples:
I wish she would be more respectful
If only you would help me more often
To show your desire that someone was able to do
something, we use the following structure:
WISH /IF ONLY +could.
Examples:
I wish I could go with you to the party
If only my mother could see me now
Exercise: Write a composition (250 words) using
WISH /IF ONLY expressing all the situations
explained in this presentation.
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Using wish / If Only

  • 1. By: MsC. Ginett Sánchez
  • 2. USING WISH / IF ONLY We use the verbWISH and the expression IF ONLY to express a wish or desire. IF ONLY is more emphatic than WISH Examples: I WISH I were a millionaire IF ONLY I had more time
  • 3. To express our wish to change the present into a different reality or when we would like something to be different in the present, we use the following structure: WISH /IF ONLY +past simple or past continuous. Examples: I wish I had a new car If only he were dancing with me In formal English you use “were” instead of “was”
  • 4. To express regret about something that happened or did not happen in the past, we use the following structure: WISH /IF ONLY +past perfect . Examples: I wish I had studied for my EnglishTest If only he had called me sooner
  • 5. To say a polite imperative or wish for a change in a situation or someone’s behavior, we use the following structure: WISH /IF ONLY + would. Examples: I wish she would be more respectful If only you would help me more often
  • 6. To show your desire that someone was able to do something, we use the following structure: WISH /IF ONLY +could. Examples: I wish I could go with you to the party If only my mother could see me now
  • 7. Exercise: Write a composition (250 words) using WISH /IF ONLY expressing all the situations explained in this presentation.