“I wish and If only”
We use “I wish and If only” to talk about regrets if we use it with Past Perfect.
Choose a or b so that it has a similar meaning.
- It is a pity he is not in the class.
- a) I wish he was in the class.
- b) I wish he has been in the class.
- I didn’t write back to him.
- a) I wish I had written to him back.
- b) I wish I wrote to him back.
- I have just sent that email. I forgot to send it earlier.
- a) If only I hadn’t sent that email.
- b) If only I sent that email.
- I wish I had more money.
- a) I have more money.
- b) I have a little money.
- If only we could sell the car.
- a) We can’t sell the car.
- b) We can sell the car.
- Unfortunately, I didn’t help her with the problem.
- a) If only I hadn’t helped her.
- b) If only I had helped her.
- We can’t understand why she didn’t come with us and have a nice time.
- a) If only she hadn’t come with us.
- b) If she had come with us, she would have had a nice time.
Now, write third conditional (If – 3) sentences about the situations.
- She broke her arm last week. At home, she started to use the internet. Now she is one of the professional programmers.
- a) If she hadn’t bought a computer, she wouldn’t have been famous.
- b) If she hadn’t broken her arm, she wouldn’t have become a good programmer.
- I didn’t pass my English exam. I went to an English course that took 6 weeks. Now I like English and my English is A.
- a) If I had gone to the English course, my English would have been A.
- b) If I had passed my English exam for the first time, I wouldn’t have gone to the course.
- My manager told me to go to the Managing fair in Italy, but I didn’t go because my wife was going to have a birth. So he said he didn’t want to work with me anymore.
- a) If I hadn’t refused his offer to go to Italy, my manager would have been happy.
- b) If only I hadn’t gone to Italy.