I wish and If only Worksheets and ESL Games

I wish / If only

ESL I wish / If only Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This wishes and regrets worksheet can be used to introduce pre-intermediate students to 'I wish' and 'If only' and how it is used to express present desires and past regrets. Students begin by reading how to use 'I wish' and 'If only' to talk about a present situation that you would like to be different. Students then complete statements with verbs from a box in their past simple form. Next, students change each sentence into a wish about the present using 'I wish' and 'If only'. Students then move on to read how 'I wish' and 'If only' can be used to express regrets for past situations. After that, students complete regrets with the past perfect form of the verbs in brackets. Students then write about four things from their past that they regret using 'I wish' and 'If only'. Finally, students read ten statements and decide if each one is about the present or past by underlining the answer in brackets.
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Interactive Version - This I wish / If only interactive PDF can be used to introduce students to 'I wish' and 'If only' structures and how they are used to talk about present desires and regrets about the past.

 

I wish and If only

ESL I wish and If only Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this 'I wish' and 'If only' worksheet, students learn and practice how to use 'I wish' and 'If only' to talk about things they would like to be different in the present or past. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading two personal introductions. The students then indicate who said each statement about a wish or regret based on the information given in the introductions. Next, students decide if each wish or regret is about the past or the present. After that, students read the grammar rules associated with 'I wish' and 'If only' and use verbs in brackets to complete example sentences. Next, students read wishes and regrets and choose the correct form of the verb to complete each sentence. Students then move on to express wishes or regrets for a set of statements using 'I wish' or 'If only'. Afterwards, review the students' answers as a class. In the last exercise, students take it in turns to ask conversation questions about wishes and regrets to a partner and respond to their partner's questions with 'I wish' or 'If only'.
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Interactive Version - This I wish and If only interactive worksheet contains a variety of exercises to help teach students how to talk about wishes and regrets using 'I wish' and 'If only' with the past simple and past perfect.

 

Regrets Game

ESL I wish and If only Game - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this free expressing regrets game, students use 'I wish' and 'If only' + 'the past perfect' to express regrets about health problems. Divide the students into teams of three. Read a health problem to the class (e.g. 'I've got a toothache'.) and set a time limit of two minutes. The teams then write down as many regrets as they can for the ailment using 'I wish' and 'If only' + 'the past perfect'. For example, 'I wish I hadn’t eaten so many sweets'. 'If only I had gone to the dentist more often', etc. When the time limit has been reached, the teams stop writing and swap their paper with another team for marking. Teams score one point for each appropriate and grammatically correct regret. Write the scores on the board and then read the next health problem. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins.
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Wishes and Regrets

ESL Wishes and Regrets Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this wishes and regrets worksheet, students learn and practice using 'I wish' and 'If only' with the past simple and past perfect to express wishes and regrets. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by completing a gap-fill exercise where they choose the correct verb from a box to complete wishes and regrets. Next, students put the sentences into the correct category by deciding if each sentence is expressing a wish or regret. Students then complete the grammar rules for 'I wish' and 'If only' by circling the correct tense, using the answers from Exercises A and B to help them. Students then move on to rewrite sentences using 'wish' and 'If only'. The students must also decide if each sentence expresses a wish or regret by circling the appropriate word. In the last exercise, students write their own wishes and regrets. These can be read aloud to the class, or you can have the students tell them to each other in pairs or small groups.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive I wish and If only exercises PDF, students work through a range of exercises to learn how to express wishes with the past simple and regrets with the past perfect.

 
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