How to use Hope & Wish
In today’s blog post we are going to be discussing the difference between using wish and hope and how we actually use these words.
A lot of non native speakers mix up these words as hope and wish have very similar meanings. We usually use these words to express a want or a desire for something in particular.
So how do we use Hope and Wish?
We use hope to express a desire for something that is possible to happen, for example:
- I hope it is sunny later on.
We use wish to express a desire for something that is impossible or very unlikely to happen, for example:
- I wish it was sunnier in England
When using hope, we often use it in the present simple form, for example:
- I hope I have enough time to get to work.
Using Wish however can be a bit trickier as there are a few ways that we can use it. Such as the past simple:
- I wish I had a big house.
- I wish we didn’t have to work today.
- I wish that you lived closer to my house.
We can also use it with the second conditional.
- I wish the neighbors would be quiet!
- I wish you wouldn’t smoke so much.
- I wish John wouldn’t eat all the chocolate.
And even the past perfect!:
- I wish that I had studied harder at school.
- I wish that I hadn’t eaten so much yesterday!
- I wish that the train had arrived on time.
I hope that you found this post helpful, if you have any further questions leave a comment below!