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Wishes & Verb Tenses

How do we use the grammar form "wish"?

Wishes is used to state the desire of a situation to be different. Wishes can be used to used in the past, present and future.

Rules for wishes:

The verb tense is different then the time.

Past Tense - uses the Past Perfect Verb Tense


  • I wish I had studied for my test last night.
  • I wish my car hadn't broken down.

Present Tense - uses the Past Tense (were is used for all subjects, was is not used).


  • I wish it weren't raining all day.
  • I wish I were rich.

Future Tense - after wish would is used.


  • I wish it would stop raining.
  • I wish the people next door would lower there radio.

Modal Verbs and Wishes - When verbs are used with wishes the sentence structure is Modal Verb + Have + V3/Past Participle

Have & Has Chart

Main Verb Tenses

May Have

May & May Have

Verb Groups

Auxiliary Verbs

Verb Tense "to be"

Verb Tense "to be" Chart

Future Verb Tenses

Modal Verbs

Modal Verb Rules

Verb Tense "Can"

Verb Tense "Could"

Verb Tense "Could" Structure

"Wishes" & Verb Tenses

"Wishes" & Verb Tense Chart

Verb Tense "Have"

Present Verb Tenses

Past Verb Tenses


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