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Wishes & Verb Tenses

Date: Jun 23 2010

Topic: Grammar

Author: Ali Sadeghi


How do we use the grammar form "wish"?

Wishes is used to state the desire of a situation to be different. Wishes can be used to used in the past, present and future.

Rules for wishes:

The verb tense is different then the time.

Past Tense - uses the Past Perfect Verb Tense


  • I wish I had studied for my test last night.
  • I wish my car hadn't broken down.

Present Tense - uses the Past Tense (were is used for all subjects, was is not used).


  • I wish it weren't raining all day.
  • I wish I were rich.

Future Tense - after wish would is used.


  • I wish it would stop raining.
  • I wish the people next door would lower there radio.

Modal Verbs and Wishes - When verbs are used with wishes the sentence structure is Modal Verb + Have + V3/Past Participle

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Ali Sadeghi

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

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