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Wish - past

 
 
 

Grammatical form

subject + wish + subject + had + past participle (past perfect)

I wish I hadn't said that.
 
 

expressing regrets about the past

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)
Wish: I wish I had gone to the party.

Reality: I said something unkind to Sally.
Wish: I wish I hadn't said that.
ESL quizzes for Wish - past
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Wishes - regrets - conditionals analysis quiz
Multiple-choice quiz with concept questions for second / third conditionals / wish
Wishes - regrets - conditionals - completion quiz
Multiple - choice sentence completion quiz. Second / third conditionals / wishes / regrets

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Wishes - regrets - conditionals analysis quiz
Multiple-choice quiz with concept questions for second / third conditionals / wish
Wishes - regrets - conditionals - completion quiz
Multiple - choice sentence completion quiz. Second / third conditionals / wishes / regrets
Wish - wish would quiz
Eleven-question multiple-choice quiz focusing on the difference between wish + past tense / wish + would + bare infintivie
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Regrets quiz 01
Ten-question MC quiz that practises wish, if only and should have.
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Wishes - regrets - conditionals analysis quiz
Multiple-choice quiz with concept questions for second / third conditionals / wish
Wishes - regrets - conditionals - completion quiz
Multiple - choice sentence completion quiz. Second / third conditionals / wishes / regrets
Past conditionals, wishes and regrets quiz
Includes but for, Had + subj + past participle, imagine and supposing.
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Hypothetical past situations
Twelve-question multiple-choice quiz

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

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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

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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

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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.
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