- I wish to see the manager, please.
For the diffferences between wish, want, expect, hope and look forward to,
- [ I wish + subject + past tense ]
I wish I was better-looking.
I wish I spoke French.
I wish I had a yacht.
I wish it wasn’t raining.
In a formal style, we can use were instead of was after I wish.
I wish I were better-looking, (formal)
We can say I wish . . . would (but not I wish . . . will).
I wish she would be quiet.
I wish something interesting would happen.
To talk about the past, we use a past perfect tense (had + past participle).
I wish + subject + past perfect
I wish I had gone to university.
I wish I hadn’t said that.
If only is used in the same way. For other structures where we use a past tense with a present or future meaning.
- I wish I knew why.