(music : “when you wish upon a star….your dream comes true” … )
C : “when you wish upon a star your dream comes true”, well, it’s August and there are a lot of shooting stars right now, we should all give it a try and WISH upon a star, MAKE A WISH listeners!
M : I think the best thing in making a wish is that you take a moment to think about what it is that you really want.
C : Yes, that’s important! Be careful what you wish for when you see a shooting star!
M : Ok, let’s take a look at this verb, to wish.
C : first off, we can use it to WISH SOMEONE WELL. Like in: “I wish you all the best in your new job!” or “I wish you well with your career”.
M : or “I wish you a speedy recovery”, “I wish you a safe journey!”
C : right, or : “wish me well on my exam!”
M : oh, and there’s the famous : “I wish you a Merry Christmas!”
C : yeah, Marta, thank you, but… it’s August though.
M : Ok, it’s not the right time of the year, right. So, to wish someone something.
C : uh-huh, but we can also use the verb to wish TO EXPRESS REGRETS both for the present situation and about the past. Marta, try and give us an example.
M : …how about: “I wish I lived in Nashville” ?
C : ok. Where do you live?
M : In Italy.
C : So when you say “I wish I lived in Nashville” you refer to the present situation.
M : Yes, but I have to use the simple past of the verb, I wish I lived in Nashville.
C : Exactly. Let me think of another example…you’re allergic to grass pollen, aren’t you?
M : Yes, I am, unluckily. So… I wish I could enjoy springtime in the open air, but I can’t.
C : I wish I could, right.
M : now listen to this song: “how I wish, how I wish you were here”
C : Pink Floyd, great song. “how I wish you were here”, again, we use the simple past to talk about the present situation. I wish you were here right now. Can you think of another example?
M : I wish I was taller!
C: com’on, you’re not that short!
M : but I’m not tall either. I wish I was taller.
C : You can also say: I wish I were taller. I WISH I WAS, I WISH I WERE, both forms are correct. I wish I were is more formal. So… for example… it’s overcast today. I wish it was sunny, or I wish it were sunny.
M : Got it.
C : Now let’s talk about past regrets. Like in: I wish my team had won the championship. That means: my team didn’t win. I wish it had.
M : we use the past perfect here.
C : past perfect, good. For example: I wish I had chosen another school when I was in my teens”. Or: I wish you had told me about it before”.
M : we can also use “IF ONLY” instead of wish, correct?
C : Yes. Using the past perfect when talking about past regrets : If only I had chosen another school when I was in my teens! Or : if only you had told me about it before! And using the simple past when talking about the present situation: if only I was taller! If only I lived in Nashville !
M : or : If only I had more time to study English! That is: I wish I had more time to study English!
C : perfect!
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