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Wish clauses by Mind Map: Wish clauses
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Wish clauses

I wish/if only

WISH can be replaced by IF ONLY with the same meaning

Formation:

wish + past simple, Uses:, refers to a desired situation in the present, refers to situations that we would like to be different

wish + past perfect, Uses:, refers to the past, expresses regret about a past situation

wish + would/could + infinitive, wish + would only possible with different subjects, Uses:, refers to the present/future, expresses a wish for a change, especially in relation with someone's will

Not real conditional sentences, but similar in structure