2-41. I wish you had seen her


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • I wish I had seen your sister.
  • I wish I had bought the stocks.
  • I wish you had followed me.
  • I wish you had explained it to me.
  • I wish we had visited Washington D.C.
  • I wish we had watched it yesterday.
  • I wish she had proposed to me.
  • I wish they had promoted me.
  • I wish I hadn’t saved the killer.
  • I wish we hadn’t met.
  • I wish you had seen her.
  • I wish you had come to the party.
  • I wish I had had time.
  • I wish I had bought it.
  • I wish she had called me yesterday.


Here are some grammar tips. 


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
stock (n) a share of the value of a company which can be bought, sold, or traded as an investment
e.g. I wish I had invested in more stocks.
promote (v) to change the rank or position of (someone) to a higher or more important one
e.g. I wish I had been promoted today. 
ghostwriter (n) to write (something, such as a book) for someone else using that person’s name
e.g. I wish he had a ghostwriter for his book. 
biography (n) the story of a real person’s life written by someone other than that person
e.g. I wish I had a copy of your biography
erase (v) to remove something
e.g. I wish I had not erased the tape. 
incident (n) an unexpected and usually unpleasant thing that happens
e.g. I wish that incident hadn’t happened. 
year (n) the regular period of 12 months that begins in January and ends in December
e.g. I wish I had more time during the year for my hobbies. 
close off (phrasal verb) to not allow (something) to be used for a period of time
e.g. I wish the city hadn’t closed off the beach to tourists.
unusual (adj) not normal or usual
e.g. I wish you had seen how unusual that dog was. 
disappoint (v) to make (someone) unhappy by not being as good as expected or by not doing something that was hoped for or expected
e.g. I wish you hadn’t disappointed me yesterday. 


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. had / her / wish / you / seen / I / . 
    2. I / time / I / had / wish / had / .
    3. forgotten  / I / wish / my / hadn’t / you / advice / .
    4. they / wish / us / had / I / helped / .
    5. wish / we / up / hadn’t / I / given / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. I wish I have bought it.
    2. I wish she had call me yesterday.
    3. I wish you sell your house.
    4. I wish we had been studied in Los Angeles.
    5. I wish Olivia has come.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. Have you ever read a biography? Who was it? If not, who would you want to read about? 
    2. What year were you born? 
    3. If you got to be a ghostwriter for someone, who would it be? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Ghostwriter: If you could have any author –living or dead – write your biography, who would you choose?
    3. Erasure: You have the choice to erase one incident from your past, as though it never happened. What would you erase and why?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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