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Expressing wishes and regrets

1.  Expressing regret:

-   I wish I hadn’t followed my family’s advice →  S + wish + S + past perfect
-   I feel sorry I went into business. → I feel sorry +  S + verb in the past simple
-   If I had gone for law, I could have been a lawyer → if +S+ past perfect, S+ could+have+ past participle of the verb
-   I regret having chosen this career → I regret + having+ past participle of the verb

2.   wishes about the present:

-   I wish you werehere sharing this lovely holiday with me (you are not  now here with me)
-   If only you were here sharing this lovely holiday with me
-   I wish I had agood job ( I have a bad job now)
-   I wish I had a million dollars ( I do not have a lot of money now)
-   I wish I were agood dancer ( I am now a bad dancer )
-   I wish I were adoctor ( I am not really a doctor)
Form:
S + wish + (that) + s + verb in the simple past
If only + s + verb in the simple past
Use:
Present wishes indicate that something is contrary to fact. That is, wishes are something that is untrue, but desired

3.   wishes about the future:

-   I wish you would stop smoking soon
-   If only you could stop smoking soon
-   I wish all nations could live in peace
Form :
S + wish + (that) + s + could/ would +infinitive of the verb
If only + s + could/ would + infinitive of the verb
Use:  
We use wishes about the future when we want to talk about people’s ability to do things or when we want to talk about things that we would like people to do or not to do

4.   .Wishes about the past: (past regret):

-   If only I had passed the test last year ( I didn’t pass)
-   I wish they had worked hard on the project ( they didn’t)
-   I wish I had been there( I was not there)
-   My grand father wishes he had had acell phone in his childhood (he did not have a cellphone) .
-     If only I had participated in the project
  Form :
S+ wish+ (that) + S + past perfect/ If only+ S+ past perfect
Use:
We use wishes about the past to talk about wishes and regret of the past situation