today we will talk about a different course of grammar. it’s about the expressions “I wish” and “if only”.
These two expressions are used in different forms to express wish, regret or complaining.
In this case, both expressions I wish and if only are followed by simple past. The past tense is not a real past, it expresses a wish in the present or in the future.
– I wish I knew how to speak british english.
– If only you didn’t live far away.
– I wish I were a billionaire.
When the verb is ‘To be’ and the subject is ‘I’ we use ‘I were’ instead of ‘I was’.
In this case, the expressions are followed by past perfect. We use it to express a regret of something we didn’t in the past. it’s a wish of the past.
– I wish I had known the answer.
– If only you had been present.
- How to express complaining
In this case, we express our complaining about a behaviour or dissatisfaction. It’s formed using the modal ‘would’ +verb.
– I wish you would work hard for your exams.
– If only you would stop crying!
– I wish he would explain more his courses.