Unreal Past - Wish (If only)

Index
Click the most suitable word or phrase in each sentence. ANSWERS
1) I wish I would | could see my girlfriend during my stay in Rome. RULE#4/5
2) She wishes she had | had had a holiday now. RULE#1
3) If only George hadn't sold | didn't sell all these old CD's last year. RULE#3
4) I wish it had stopped | would stop raining tomorrow. RULE#5
5) If only I learnt | had learnt English when I was younger. RULE#3
6) I wish she wasn't leaving | didn't leave right now. RULE#2
7) If only I was told | had been told about the meeting yesterday. RULE#3
8) I wish you could | would be quiet. RULE#5
9) She wishes she was | would be more beautiful. RULE#1/5
10) I wish I was swimming | swam in the sea now. RULE#2
11) I wish Graham could see | had seen the children now. RULE#4
12) I wish I was | would be famous now. RULE#1
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CORRECT!

RULE#4 => WISH + COULD = regret in the present concerning lack of ability.

INCORRECT!

RULE#5 => WISH + WOULD must have a different subject!

CORRECT!

RULE#1 => WISH + PAST SIMPLE is used to express regrets or wishes about the present (or future).

INCORRECT!

RULE#1 => WISH + PAST PERFECT is not used to express regrets or wishes about the present (or future).

CORRECT!

RULE#3 => IF ONLY + PAST PERFECT is used to express regrets or wishes about the past.

INCORRECT!

RULE#3 => IF ONLY + PAST SIMPLE is not used to express regrets or wishes about the past!

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RULE#5 => WISH + WOULD is used to express annoyance, impatience or dissatisfaction with a present action.

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RULE#5 => WISH + PAST PERFECT is used to express regrets or wishes about the past!

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RULE#3 => IF ONLY + PAST PERFECT is used to express regrets or wishes about the past.

INCORRECT!

RULE#3 => IF ONLY + PAST SIMPLE is not used to express regrets or wishes about the past!

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RULE#2 => WISH + PAST CONTINUOUS is used to express that we want to be doing a different action in the present (or future).

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RULE#2 => WISH + PAST CONTINUOUS should be used with expressions like 'now' or 'at the moment'!

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RULE#3 => IF ONLY + PAST PERFECT is used to express regrets or wishes about the past.

INCORRECT!

RULE#3 => IF ONLY + PAST SIMPLE is not used to express regrets or wishes about the past!

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RULE#5 => WISH + WOULD is used to express annoyance, impatience or dissatisfaction with a present action.

INCORRECT!

RULE#5 => WISH + COULD = regret in the present concerning lack of ability!

CORRECT!

RULE#1 => WISH + PAST SIMPLE is used to express regrets or wishes about the past.

INCORRECT!

RULE#5 => WISH + WOULD must have a different subject!

CORRECT!

RULE#2 => WISH + PAST CONTINUOUS is used to express that we want to be doing a different action in the present (or future).

INCORRECT!

RULE#2 => WISH + PAST CONTINUOUS should be used with expressions like 'now' or 'at the moment'!

CORRECT!

RULE#4 => WISH + COULD = regret in the present concerning lack of ability.

INCORRECT!

RULE#4 => WISH + PAST PERFECT is used to express regrets or wishes about the past!

CORRECT!

RULE#1 => WISH + PAST SIMPLE is used to express regrets or wishes about the past.

INCORRECT!

RULE#1 => WISH + WOULD must have a different subject!

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