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Wish - past

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wish - present
third conditional
hypothetical situations

You can use wish + past perfect to express a regret about something that happened in the past. The past perfect is used to show that what you wish is unreal: Reality: I lost the book. (Past simple tense) Wish: I wish I hadn't lost the book. Reality: I didn't go to the party. (Past simple tense) Wis...Read more


The following ESL resources are available for Wish - past:

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Regrets game - wish and third conditional
Seven cards with simple situations. Students take one each and write regrets from the prompts I wish Ihad... / hadn't... and If I had... / hadn't... They then read out their regrets and the others have to guess the situation.


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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



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.
Unit 15 Age  Pages 127 - 128
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 120 - 121

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  Pages 74 - 75
(74) wish + could / past simple / past perfect (75) wish + past simple / past perfect / would

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 Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
39 If only I'd taken more chances  Page 39 
Wish + past perfect, if only + past perfect, 3rd conditional. Situation : Your regrets at 87.
Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
15a Life would have been different  Page 15 
Ss read statements expressing regrets about the past, find ones they agree with and then mill to find other Ss with the same regrets. Then explain regrets using third conditional.

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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