1st example sentence
" I wish I could turn back the clock. "
☞ I can get this sentence from 'eBoyoung's Dictionary of ENGLISH CONVERSATIONAL EXPRESSIONS, page 64' .
'eBoyoung' is famous english teacher in Korea. she has a lot of the written about English education. I recommend to students, who feel like speaking english very well.
As I saw this sentence at that book, I thought my regret something.
Therefore I quote it in my homework.
-What I thought I saw this sentence.
☞ This sentence saw and I thought that When I was younger, I didn't study hard. so I have been so many regrets. If I had taken my mother's advice at the time of middle school, I would have got good grades in my entrance exam. And If I could turn back the clock, I would more study hard. But now I trying to my study, because I want not regret any more.
This is a sentence with a 'Wish
[We use 'Wish' to say that we regret something, that something is not as we would like it to be.] : this explanation come from 'Grammar In Use, page 72' .
ⅰ.Form = I + wish + S + Past tense + ....
ⅱ.Example I wish I were a teacher.
= I am sorry I am not a teacher.
I wish I knew informations.
= I am sorry I don' t know informations
I wish I could speak French .
= I am sorry I cannot speak French.
☞ We can not doing something at the present time, we usually I + wish + S + Past tense ~. That form indicated that it is opposed to present situation . That is unreal. Also to show regretful.
2nd example sentence
"I wish I had learned Japanese language."
☞This sentence came from my experience.
That's not quote.
- my experience
☞This sentence means that I am sorry that I can't speak Japanese language.
It is indicated that my desire of speaking to Japanese .
When I was working part time, Japaneses came into the Green tea cafe.
Green tea cafe is in my work place.
At that time I had have difficulty. Because Japanese seemed to be some more about the information of beverages as they had ordered.
I thought that 'If I speak to Japanese very well, I would explain what they wanted.'.
So I felt the necessity with foreign languages, whenever I have a conversation with foreigners.
ⅰ. Form = I + wish + S + Past perfect tense + ...
ⅱ. Example : I wish I hadn't lost my key.
= I am sorry I lost my key.
I wish you had remembered our meeting.
= I am sorry you didn't remember our meeting.
I wish she had told him.
= I am sorry she didn't tell him.
☞ This sentence also used a 'Wish' with First example sentence.
But a little something different.
Second example sentence is compare
with First example sentence.
*1st example sentence Form :I + wish + S + Past tense + ....
*2nd example sentence Form :I + wish + S + Past Perfect tence + .....
;1st example sentence is used Past tense, that means it is opposed to present situation. However, 2nd example sentence Form means it is opposed to past situation, unreal.
So We usually use 2nd example sentence Form to express something.
That something is that we shouldn't have done.
written by Jeon Mi Yeon