We can express wishes with the verb wish or the phrase if only.
|+ past simple||I wish I had more free time. (but I don’t)||to say that we would like sth to be different in the present|
| I wish|
|+ past continuous||I wish the sun was/were shining now. ( but it isn’t shining)|
to say that we would like sth to be different now
|+ past perfect||I wish I had bought this car. (but I didn’t)||to express regret about the pas|
|+ subject + would||I wish you would stop talking so loudly.||to express a polite imperative or a desire for someone’s behavior to change|
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