I wish & If only
We use the constructions ‘I wish’ and ‘if only’ to express regret about something. To speak about regrets in present we can use past simple, could and past continuous.
- I wish you were here.
- If only I knew about it.
To speak about the past we use past perfect.
- If only I had known.
- I wish you had been here.
If we want to speak about the ‘future’ in a sense someone would do or stop doing something, we use ‘I wish’ or ‘if only’ followed by a subject and would.
- I wish he would stop coming late.
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