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Wish – English Grammar in Use

Wish - English Grammar in Use, Unit 41

Wish – English Grammar in Use, Unit 41

Part A:

This course is based on: Wish – English Grammar in Use.

You can say ‘I / / a happy birthday’ etc.:
I wish you all the best in the future.
I saw Mark before the exam and he wished me Luck.
We say ‘wish somebody something’ (Luck / a happy birthday etc.). But you cannot say ‘I wish that
something happens’. We use hope in this situation. For example:
I’m sorry you’re not well. I hope you feel better soon. (not I wish you feel)
Compare I wish and I hope:
I wish you a pleasant stay here.
I hope you have a pleasant stay here. (not I wish you have)

Part B:

We also use wish to say that we something, that something is not as we would like it.
When we use wish in this way, we use the past (knew/lived etc.), but the meaning is present:
I wish I knew what to do about the problem. (I don’t know and I regret this)
I wish you didn’t have to go so soon. (you have to go)
Do you wish you lived near the sea? (you don’t live near the sea)
Jack’s going on a trip to Mexico soon. I wish I was going too. (I’m not going)
To say that we regret something in the past, we use wish+ had … (had known / had said) etc.:
I wish I’d known about the party. I would have gone if I’d known. (I didn’t know)
It was a stupid thing to say. I wish I hadn’t said it. (I said it)
For more examples, see Units 39 and 40.


Part C:

I wish I could (do something)= I regret that I cannot do it:
I’m sorry I have to go. I wish I could stay longer. (but I can’t)
I’ve met that man before. I wish I could remember his name. (but I can’t)
I wish I could have (done something)= I regret that I could not do it:
I hear the party was great. I wish I could have gone. (but I couldn’t go)

Part D:

You can say ‘I wish (somebody) would (do something)’. For example:
I wish it would stop raining.
It’s been raining all day. Tanya doesn’t like it. She says:
I wish it would stop raining.
Tanya would like the rain to stop, but this will probably not happen.
We use I wish … would when we would like something to happen or change. Usually, the speaker doesn’t expect this to happen.
We often use I wish … would to about a situation:
The phone has been ringing for five minutes. I wish somebody would answer it.
I wish you’d do (= you would do) something instead of just sitting and doing nothing.
You can use I wish … wouldn’t … to things that people do repeatedly:
I wish you wouldn’t keep interrupting me. (= please don’t interrupt me)
We use I wish … would … to say that we want something to happen. But we do not use I wish …
would … to say how we would like things to be. Compare:
I wish Sarah would come. (= I want her to come) but I wish Sarah was (or were) here now. (not I wish Sarah would be)
I wish somebody would buy me a car. but I wish I had a car. (not I wish I would have)

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    Dr. Hariri

    Would you rather be happy yet slow-witted and unimaginative, or unhappy yet bright and creative? For instance, would you rather live the life of a brilliant yet tortured artist, such as Vincent van Gogh, or that of a happy but carefree soul who is a bit simple-minded?

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    I prefer to challenge this question at first and bring up my viewpoint next.
    There are different successful people in the world who reached the apex through different procedures. Although some have faced torture to reach their goals, it does not mean we have to necessarily lose something in our life to climb the ladder of success. Anyway, I suppose the most enjoyable part of life is making progress and relying on your abilities to flourish and thrive. So, I personally go for intelligence and innovation rather than happiness along with naivety. Many people have lived an ordinary life so far and repeating this story can never excite me at all. We need to gain new adventurous experiences and foster our abilities so as to break out of comfort zone.

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