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subject + wish + subject + past perfect tense

I wish I had gone to bed earlier last night
I wish I hadn't said that


 

expressing regrets about the past

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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.



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