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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
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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