英会話・英語 アミック Wish
‘Wish’ is a verb which talks about unreal or imagined situations. Because of this, it has some unusual verb patterns:
A present wish
When we want to make a wish about a present situation, we use wish and a past simpleor continuous verb.
- I don’t have my umbrella. I wish I had my umbrella.
- She doesn’t know the answer. I wish she knew the answer.
- You’re at work, but you wish you were playing football, right?
A past wish
When we want to make a wish about a past action or situation, we use wish and the past perfect – had + past participle verb.
- I’m so tired. I wish I had slept for another hour last night.
- She knows she made a mistake. She wishes she hadn’t been so silly.
- You were right. I shouldn’t have quit my job. I wish I had listened to you.