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I wish… / if only…

Expressing a wish or a regret

Use of I wish / if only:

There are three distinct types of  I wish / if only  sentences:

  1. Wish, wanting change for the present or future with the simple past.
  2. Regret with the past perfect.
  3. Complaints with would + verb.

Expressing a wish:


If only / I wish + simple past


If only I knew how to use a computer. (I don’t know how to use a computer and I would like to learn how to use it)


  • To express a wish in the present or in the future.
  • The simple past here is an unreal past.
  • When you use the verb to be the form is “were”.
    I wish I were a millionaire!

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Hope for the Future (Paul McCartney)
Надежда на будущее
Some hope for the future
Одни надеются на будущее,
Some wait for the call
Другие ждут звонка,
To say that the days ahead
Чтобы сказать, что дни впереди
Will be the best of all
Будут самыми лучшими в жизни.
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What does a Filmmaker do? Перевод

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A filmmaker is in charge of deciding what aspects of an actor or actresses’ portrayal of the scene need to be altered from the script. They provide the creative flair and edge that sets the movie apart. Giving directions to the actors and actresses is very important because often, the filmmaker is responsible for the tone that the movie takes. Continue reading What does a Filmmaker do? Перевод

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