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Do you wish you knew all the grammar in sentences that have the word "wish"?

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Yun So Hyun
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I wish I knew how to drive.
This sentence expresses the wish apposite present fact.
So I don't know how to drive in truth.
This means "I'm sorry that I don't know how to drive".

I wish I hadn't made such a mistake.
This sentence expresses the wish aposite the past fact.
So I made such a mistake in truth.
This means "I'm sorry that I made such a mistake."


Form


1.
If ~ the past,
would
should + R
could
might
(if we use 'be'verb, we should use 'were' )

2.
If ~ the past perfect,
would
should + have +p.p
could
might



We usually use 'form 1.' to express a wish apposite present fact.
And we usually use 'form 2.' to express a wish aposite the past fact.
So, wish is used when we be sorry or regret the past and present things.


'Neung-Yule Basic English' has these sentences.

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Jason M. Ham
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Post by Jason M. Ham »

You wrote some nice example sentences. I wish you would have told me where you found them or if you made them up. Also, I wish you had discussed the grammar that pertained to your example sentences. :? You were supposed to discuss the grammar about wish, not conditionals or modal verbs.
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