How to Express Wishes in the Past, Present and Future

The phrase "I wish/If only…" is the most common structure used to talk about our wishes.


There are three distinct types of I wish/If only sentences:

  • Wish about the present.
  • Wish about the past.
  • Wish about the future.

1. Wishes about the present

2. Wishes about the past

3. Wishes about the future

Wish vs. If only

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