In English, we use wish + past form verb when we want something now or in the future to be different e.g. I wish I had more money. In English, we use wish + past perfect verb to show we regret something (we want something in the past to be different) e.g. I wish I had listened to my mom and studied harder.
Match these five missing words (or phrases) to the sentences:
put up with
1. I enjoy working at my company because my boss always gives ___ to hard-workers.
2. I need to take some ___ next week to go to my brother’s wedding.
3. I couldn’t get a loan because I've had ___ problems this year.
4. Although my pay is good, the ___ at my company are terrible!
5. How can you ___ Andy? Everything he does bothers me.
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1. I enjoy working at my company because my boss always gives recognition to hard-workers.
2. I need to take some leave next week to go to my brother’s wedding.
3. I couldn't get a loan because I've had monetary problems this year.
4. Although my pay is good, the benefits at my company are terrible!
5. How can you put up with Andy? Everything he does bothers me.
Now complete the sentences with the simple past form of the verb:
- 1. I wish she (tell) me about her party before. I already have plans.
- 2. Danny wishes he (finish) work earlier every day.
- 3. My children wish that I (buy) them more presents every Christmas.
- 4. I wish I (not fill up) on appetizers, because the entrée looked fabulous and I didn’t get to try it!
- 5. I wish I (get) paid twice a month instead of once a month.
- 6. Henry wishes he (go) to Harvard because he would have a better job by now.
- 7. I wish I (have) my free time back.
- 8. I wish I had (find) one of those jobs.
- 9. I wish I had (choose) a job with better benefits earlier. (choose)
- 10. Are you serious? I wish I (can) get paid extra for working on holidays.