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Wish - past

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wish - present
third conditional
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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) 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
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



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.


Comparison with as...as...

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Detailed grammar reference notes on comparison with as....
Three pages, illustrated. Includes positive and negative forms, modifiers and common similes.
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ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination: picture
Work clothing vocabulary.
News story in graded English about woman who was sent home for refusing to wear high-heeled shoes.
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ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps: picture
Three articles in graded English with lead-in and comprehension tasks.
Jigsaw reading for groups of three.
Grammar follow-up on participle clauses (PDF advanced version)
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