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wish - present

Wish - present

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second conditional
wish - past
second conditional
hypothetical situations

You can use wish + past simple to show that you are not satisfied with a situation in the present. The past tense is used to show that what you wish is not real - it is the opposite of the real situation: Real situation: I am poor. Wish: I wish I was rich. Real situation: I have to work tomo...Read more


The following ESL resources are available for Wish - present:

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Wishes, regrets, second and third conditionals practice
(1) Students complete worksheet from prompts. (2) Interview their partners


Wishes - regrets - conditionals analysis quiz (351)
Multiple-choice quiz with concept questions for second / third conditionals / wish


Wishes - regrets - conditionals - completion quiz (352)
Multiple - choice sentence completion quiz. Second / third conditionals / wishes / regrets


Wish - wish would quiz (357)
Eleven-question multiple-choice quiz focusing on the difference between wish + past tense / wish + would + bare infintivie





General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 16 Review 2  Page 134 
Matching quotes to famous people and reporting them.
New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book 

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
Module 11 Interfering with nature  Pages 118 - 119

Photocopiable resource books

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate book cover 

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate 

Will Forsyth   Sue Lavender   
74 - 76 Wish present and past  Page 76 
Wish + simple past / would / past perfect. Analysis sheet
Intermediate Communication Games book cover 

Intermediate Communication Games 

Jill Hadfield   
3 - The three wishes game  Page 3 
Mill type activity: saying and responding to wishes.

Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover 

Developing Grammar in Context 

Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
25 Third conditional, wishes and regrets  Pages 145 - 150

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
15b The grass is always greener  Page 15 
Ss complete sentences beginning 'I wish...' . These are redistributed and Ss then mill to find who wrote the sentence.

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump Got Rich: A Tale of Three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.

Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.

Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
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