This form is used when right now you are thinking about or wishing that something in the past happened differently. You think about something that cannot be changed, almost like a dream or a regret.
use wish (that) + subject + had (not) + past participle
I wish I had gone to Australia last year. (Now you regret you didn't go to Australia last year.)
James wishes he had studied harder. (Now you wish you studied more before.)
The students wish their teacher hadn't given them homework. (Now the students feel bad that their teacher gave homework before.)
Alice wishes she hadn't eaten so much pie. (Now Alice feels sick. She wonders why she ate so much pie before.)
Check Your Understanding
|Write a sentence using wish in the
past. Two examples are given to you.
Melanie swam in the lake. Now she is cold.
1. Jeff didn't wake up on time. Now he is late.
2. Tony and Chris went camping. Now it is raining.
3. Martha didn't eat dinner. Now she is hungry.
4. I lied to my friend. Now my friend won't talk to me.
5. We didn't finish cleaning the house. Now all of our guests have
arrived and we are embarrassed.