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Grammar Challenge
 

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- Practice Quiz 1

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- Practice Quiz 2

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- Practice Quiz 3

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- Use the grammar
Use the grammar

Now is your chance to use this week's grammar! Tell us about something in the past that you wish you had done differently. We'll publish our five favourite comments.

 
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Andy F, China
I saw my ex-girlfriend in the street few months ago, and I wish I had spoken to her and asked her give me one more chance. This morning I get a call from her, and she tell me she is going to get married next month. I really wish I didn't pick up the phone, because I can not face the truth because I still love her. I wish I had not did the wrong thing to hurt her before. I am so regretful.



Catherine says:
Thanks for sharing your sad story, Andy...

You need to check your grammar in a couple of your 'wish' sentences. All three of them refer to regrets about the past.

The first one - 'I wish I had spoken to her' - is excellent. You have used 'wish' with past perfect to talk about a past regret.

In the second one - 'I really wish I didn't pick up the phone' - you have used past simple - 'didn't pick' - when you should have used past perfect, like this: 'I really wish I hadn't picked up the phone'. But I love your use of the adverb 'really' - well done!

In the third one - 'I wish I had not did the wrong thing' - you need to change 'did' to the past participle 'done', like this: 'I wish I had not done the wrong thing.'

Thanks again, Andy: keep logging on to Grammar Challenge!
Catherine


Jacqueline, China
2 years ago, my best male friend proposed to me but I said no to him. Now I realize how much I love him, but he has already got a girlfriend. I really wish he hadn't got a girlfriend and more importantly, I wish I had realized my feeling in the past.



Catherine says:
A sad story, Jacqueline...

But you have used 'I wish' beautifully in your comment! Firstly, in this sentence: 'I really wish he hadn't got a girlfriend'

Secondly, in this sentence: 'I wish I had realized my feeling in the past.'

Well done Jacqueline, keep logging on to Grammar Challenge!
Catherine


Thuytrang, Vietnam
I just came in the USA 14 months ago. I know the USA is good. But I'm very miss my family, I wish I hadn't come here. I feel bad, my English is very bad, I want to improve it but it is hard for me. Now, I need to go to work and I need to learn English more. I don't know what I can do, I wish I had time to do everything which I want. I wish I had learn English well.



Catherine says:
Thanks for your comment, Thuytrang! It sometimes takes a long time to get used to living in a new country...

I'd like to comment on 3 of the regrets you mention. The first is lovely: you are expressing a past regret when you say: 'I wish I hadn't come here'.

The second is very good too. In this sentence, 'I wish I had time to do everything' you are using 'wish' with simple past to express a regret about the present.

However, in this last regret: 'I wish I had learn English well', you need to check your verb form, Thuytrang. This is a regret about the past, so you need to use past perfect, using the past participle - the third form - of the verb. In this case, it's learn, learned/learnt, learned/learnt, so you should have written 'I wish I had learnt English well', OR 'I wish I had learned English well'.

Thanks again, Thuytrang, and keep practising your English!
Catherine


Daniel, Brazil
I woke up so early to watch the World Cup final match in 1998. I wish I hadnĀ“t wake up in that terrible morning...



Catherine says:
Thanks for your comment, Daniel! Brazil has won the football world cup more times than any other nation if I am not mistaken, despite what happened in 1998...

You need to check your verb form here, Daniel. When you make past perfect, you need to use the past participle - the third form - of the verb. In this case, it's wake, woke, woken, so you should have written 'I wish I hadn't woken up...'

Thanks again, Daniel, and good luck for 2010!
Catherine


Duncika, Croatia
I have difficulty with quiting smoking. I wish I hadn't started smoking in the first place. Flowers in my garden don't blossom as mush as I'd like them to. I wish I had watered them regularly. I wish I had bought a cheaper bike. Now I'm dead worried that someone might steal it.



Catherine says:
Gosh, Duncika, that's a lot of regrets! You have used wish + past perfect very nicely in all these regrets, Duncika. You need to check your spelling in a couple of places: you have written 'mush', but you should have written much, and 'quiting' should spelt with a double 't', like this: quitting.

Thanks Duncika!
Catherine



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