Wish

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We can use wish + infinitive to mean want. Note that progressive forms are not used.

An object + infinitive structure is also possible.

Note that wish + object is not normally possible without a following infinitive.

Wish + that clause

Wish can be followed by a that-clause (that can be dropped in an informal style). In this case, wish does not mean want - it expresses regret that things aren’t different, and refers to situations that are unreal, impossible or unlikely.

Wish + that-clause is not generally used for wishes about things that seem possible in the future. We often use hope in this sense.

In a that-clause after wish, past tenses are used with a present or future meaning.

Past perfect tenses are used for wishes about the past.

I wish you --

Wish is used with two objects in some fixed expressions of good wishes.

Progressive forms are possible.

See also

Want
-ward(s)
Was and were
Well and good
Whether and if
Which and what
Wish
With
Whose
Would like
Would and used to

See also

Very
Until and till
Up and down
Used to

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