Wish/if only– Exercises

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Exercises

The following sentences express wishes about present situations. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs.

  1. I wish I (know)  how to sing. Maybe I’ll take lessons one day.Imagining the present as different: wish + simple past|irregular verb: know-knew-known
  2. The fireworks are so beautiful! If only Stella (be)  here, they’re her favourite.Imagining the present as different: wish + simple past|irregular verb: be-was/were-been|We can use were and was after if in the 3rd person singular
  3. Chris is tired of the city, sometimes he wishes that he (live)  in the countryside.Imagining the present as different: wish + simple past
  4. I like that restaurant, but I wish they (have)  more vegetarian options.Imagining the present as different: wish + simple past|irregular verb: have-had-had
  5. I feel so useless, I wish I (can)  help you somehow.Imagining the present as different: wish + simple past|irregular verb: can-could

The following sentences express wishes about past situations. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verb in brackets.

  1. I miss my grandad a lot. If only I (spend)  more time with him while he was alive.Reimagining the past: wish + past perfect|irregular verb: spend-spent-spent
  2. Sarah wishes she (take)  the job in Madrid last year.Reimagining the past: wish + past perfect|irregular verb: take-took-taken
  3. I can’t believe you saw dolphins at the beach this morning! I wish I (be)  there!Reimagining the past: wish + past perfect|irregular verb: be-was/were-been
  4. Gavin didn’t enjoy his degree at all. He wishes that he (do)  a different course.Reimagining the past: wish + past perfect|irregular verb: do-did-done
  5. If only we (listen)  to your advice. The event would have been much better.Reimagining the past: wish + past perfect