I wish and if only Exercise at Auto-English

I wish and if only Exercise at Auto-English

There are three distinct types of  I wish / if only  sentences:-

1 - REGRETS with the PAST PERFECT (the third conditional) e.g. I wish I hadn't got so angry.

2 - WANTING CHANGE FOR THE PRESENT OR FUTURE with the PAST SIMPLE e.g. I wish I had enough money to go to Mozambique this summer.

3 - COMPLAINTS with WOULD + INFINITIVE e.g. I wish you wouldn't arrive so late all the time.


1 I wish I ___________________ drunk and kissed Samantha. (get NEGATIVE)
2 I wish it ___________________  so much. The garden's turned to mud. (rain NEGATIVE)
3 If only I ___________________  there, I wouldn't have got a fine. (park NEGATIVE)

Wanting change

4 If only I ___________________ more time for my hobbies. (have)
5 I wish it ___________________ more often in Valencia. (rain)
6 I wish I ___________________  to go to your nephew's wedding. (have NEGATIVE)


7 I wish you ___________________ so much. You're a complete idiot when you're drunk. (drink NEGATIVE)
8 If only it ___________________ . The garden's as dry as a bone. (rain)
9 I wish Samantha ___________________ her hair more often. It looks so greasy all the time. (wash)


10 I wish you ___________________ so horrible to your brother. He's a really nice bloke. (be NEGATIVE)
11 I wish the council ___________________  that beautiful old house. It was part of the town's heritage. (demolish NEGATIVE)
12 If only I ___________________ the money to go to Jon's wedding in The States. (have)
13 I wish I ___________________  her she'd put on weight. She hates me now. (tell NEGATIVE)
14 I wish you ___________________  to your mother like that. (speak NEGATIVE)
15 If only we ___________________  a Hewlett Packard printer. The cartridges are so expensive. (buy NEGATIVE)
16 I wish Jorge ___________________  so fast. It's only a matter of time before he kills someone. (drive NEGATIVE)


Written by Rob Wilson ©Robert Clifford McNair Wilson 2005