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Wishes and regrets lesson, British Council

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1. PresentWe use 'wish + past simple' for situations we would like to change but can't:I wish I was on holiday instead of sitting here working.'If only' is more emphatic:If only I was lying on the beach.We use 'wish + would' to complain about other people's actions:I wish she wouldn't talk all the time.2. PastWe use 'wish + past perfect' to talk about regrets in the past:I wish I hadn't eaten all those biscuits.Again, 'if only + past perfect' is more emphatic:If only I hadn't eaten all those biscuits!

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