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545 COMMENTS

Thanks for the lesson, just got 10 out of 10 =)

Valfrido Sales

    Hi Adam, Thank you very much for the quiz and the video. I enjoyed it a lot. I wish I were an expert in english. take care

    Fernando

      You are not an expert. You wants to be but you are not. Right ?
      I wrote that just to be sure I understood this lesson which is not easy for me (not natural).

      PatriceIs2badInEnglish

    think you so much

    wisbert

    i am a beginner and i have think that engvid.com is the best way to learn english

    sultownex

    Thank you for the lesson Adam. I have a little question about WOULD. I have heard some people say “Why would I do that?” Here, why DO they use “would” instead of “Why DO I do that?”
    Thank you again.. :)

    Kazzun

Thanks Adam for your lessons. I wish i’ll learn English very well, because your lessons and http://www.engvid.com are very useful.
Ahmad from Uzbekistan

aruzikulov

    Hi, I think that in this case you must use “I hope I’ll learn Englsih very well”
    because in this case it’s probable that you succeed.

    carlos77

      True. Good point Carlos.

      Adam

        Thanks Adam for all your lessons. Your teaching style is outstanding and your knowledge of grammar is accurate. However, I’d like to make a comment about question 2 in your quiz which reads:”Yesterday, John told me that he wishes he…” I think that the use of the present simple in “wishes” is incorrect for two reasons. First, it is clear that the act of wishing took place in the past(note the use of yesterday). Secondly, “wishes” does not concord with “told” which is used in the same sentence just before it. So I think that it would more appropriate to put the two verbs in the past simple. What do you think?

        Khaled

          Hi Khaled,

          Actually, another student got this as well. Here is what i wrote to that student:

          Bonus points for you :)

          That’s a typo. I meant to write wished. I didn’t make a comment about it because I didn’t want to confuse the issue of the lesson. Reported speech will be another lesson, so I will address it then, if it comes up.

          Good eye.

          Adam

        You are just so awesome Adam. Thank you a lot for your cyber teaching

        thien2013

Thanks a lot for your job!

chores

uh dear adam before I listen to the lesson I must say thank you very very Much
:)

nino31

Adam , your quiz is amazing, it is very different to other quizzes..i got 9 correct out of 10.. i wish i got 10 out of 10..
i have a question:
Can i say ( i wished)? and what tense should i use after wish?

joody

    Hi Joody,

    Yes, you can used wished. follow it with the same rule for one tense back. If it’s a ‘be’ verb, it will still be were. When I was younger I wished I were rich. Now I wish I were famous.

    Adam

Adam,
why do you write:
“Elaine wishes her boyfriend was a romantic type.” and not
“Elaine wishes her boyfriend WERE a romantic type.”
?

THANKS!!!
Ermanno

Ermanno

    Thanks Ermanno,

    I just posted a comment for everyone to correct that. Honest mistake.
    :)

    Adam

      Well, technically it is correct. I didn’t see the the video so I don’t know if you cleared this up but in the subjunctive, nowadays, I he she “was” is officially accepted along with “were”. I got 9 out of 10. In the last one I chose If I was rich, and it should be correct.

      Martin

        Hi Martin,

        You’re right. Was is acceptable, but for the sake of consistency I kept it were. Unfortunately, however, for those taking a standardized test (SAT, GMAT, etc.) it’s were, not was.

        Adam

      hullo,,
      “long-time from EngVid”
      I`ve read this info beforehand, one thing make me wonder is that I saw in Cambridge dictionary
      this sentence “I wish I was ten years younger”
      when I looked for it, I found that “was” in BE it could be used rather than were , and AE use “were” only.
      Is that proper? and does these meticulous difference affect somebody result whether if he/she is taking the
      TOEFL or IELTS test !!

      hisham77

        Hi Hisham,

        TOEFL and IELTS don’t directly test grammar, so it’s not really an issue. If you write was or were in the essay, it shouldn’t really make a difference.

        Adam

Thanks Adam.
Is next sentence correct ?
When I was ten , I wished to become a doctor.

Ilja

    Hi Ilja,

    Sorry I missed this before. Yes, you can say I wished to become, though the meaning is slightly different. When you use wish+to, it means the same as want. So wished to… is really wanted to. It doesn’t fall under the rules of the subjunctive.

    I hope that helps.

    Adam

      Thank you so much, Adam. I’d like to ask the difference between ‘may’ and ‘might’.

      marychelllauron91

Thank you so much. I really benefit a lot.

Naseeb

I wish you were here.

adry

    i wish 2 you were here ?

    safaablue

Nice talk Adam, i learned a little bit more today.

Leticia Viana Costa

i got 6 =(

hcortez

Hi everybody,

Sorry, but there was a mistake in question 3. It should read Elaine wishes her boyfriend WERE a romantic type. I’ve fixed it now.

Thanks, Ermanno, for picking it up quickly.

:)

Adam

    You’re welcome! I like your lessons!

    Ermanno

    Well done teacher. Greetings from Indonesia

    Adi Peterson

    Adam, thank you for interesting lesson.
    Only unexpected flowers can bring romantic mode for average statistic woman. Expected flowers are invisible in routine life. Aren’t you agree?
    Why ‘Probably not’ is correct in 3?

    Andriy36

Hi Adam! First of all. I enjoy your lessons, these are for me, direct and clear lessons. If I understood this lesson I could say: “I wish you would enjoy this lesson.”; or I must just say: “I wish you enjoy this lesson.”
Thanks you

danielmp

    Oi Daniel, permita-me de ajudar-o.
    “I wish you would enjoy this lesson.”
    Gostaria que você disfrutasse desta lição.
    “I wish you enjoy this lesson.”
    Desejo que você(s) disfrute(m) desta lição.

    Mas no final da lição, ele pôderia haver dito:
    I hope you enjoyed this lesson.
    Espero que vocês disfrutaram desta lição.

    Saudações.
    Carlos77.

    carlos77

      Hi Carlos77! Thanks for your replay! Are you portuguese learner?

      danielmp

        Hi Daniel,

        Not really sure what Carlos wrote to you, but seems he was on the right track. It’s realistic to believe that I will enjoy the lesson, so hope is a better choice than wish in this case.

        Adam

hi Adam,this course is amazing,please don`t stop teaching,I’d like you explain ” why some people use over with some verbs if they can also use the verbs.example:look at this conversation

a)sophie: I need my books
b)charlie: ok,I’ll bring them over

allendy

    Hi Allendy,

    In this case, ‘over’ is basically a shortcut for ‘ to you’. or ‘to where you are.’

    If you call me and I want to invite you to my house, I’ll say “Come over” meaning “Come to my house.”

    English often looks for the shortest way to say something.

    Does that help?

    Adam

      Very useful information. Thanks!

      wir2ozz

I really like adam…!!!

kahfie hugo

what a lesson, the lesson was great. thank u Adam. I wish I were there taking classes face 2 face.

Efrain Dominguez

Hi Adam, I really enjoyed this lesson, but I prefer lessons without subtitles because is better to improve listening skills.
Best regards

Gonzalo

    You can turn the subtitles on and off by pressing the CC button at the bottom of the video. I also think it is better not to follow subtitles, but many EngVid students have requested them.

    engVid

      Hello,
      But I think it is better for us to understanding completely using subtitle…
      But when video was playing I couln’t find where is CC button ?? It is helpful for me to see subtitle
      could you explain again ?
      thanks

      sami

        That CC button is near to the “Change Quality(720p)” Button.
        If you want to download the English subtitle as a .srt file(a standard subtitle format which supports to most Video Players) use “google2srt”. It’s a simple software and you can download it free. here you go http://google2srt.sourceforge.net/en/

        dhplakmal

thank u so much
I got 9 correct out of 10.
:)

saleha

English language is sooo weird. Btw, thanks alot Adam!

Ekieen

not easy lesson but interesting )))

inetden

That is is great thanks .

alghwizi

    ohhh , hallo

    hisham77

      yeah

      alghwizi

I don’t understand quiz number 2. At first I thought the correct answer is number 1. Because you told me I should use one tense past verb. So, I thought “He wishes he studied harder in high school.” Am I now misunderstaing? Could you plz tell me that?

eric

    Hi Eric,

    You need to keep in mind the context. He is now in university. So when he speaks of high school, it’s already in the past (ie. he DID not STUDY hard in h.s.) so NOW he wishes he HAD STUDIED harder.

    Does that help?

    Adam

easy peasy , thanks!

fayezalshehri

thans so much adam from you also

Farzan Azizi

Hello Adam,
You are great teacher in the world, GOD bless all of you.
but could you please describe about question number 10? , I dont’t understand why the answer was number 4?
10. Shan: “If you could make one wish come true, what would you wish for?”
Josh: “I’d wish _________________”

sami

    Hi Sami,

    This was a bit of a trick question. The other three answers don’t have the correct verb. But it is also possible to wish FOR something instead of an action or be verb situation. Because this is an unreal situation, you can wish for things too.

    Does this help?

    Adam

      Dear Adam, I should had known that the last one was a tricky question!!! I made the same mistake. And I had the right doubt about the wrong tense.
      Anyway, you are awesome

      mescal

Absolutely awesome explanation )) Thanks!! I wish you did the same for simple Conditionals )))

kenzoll

I wish I were more clever

arzu

Thank you so much sir,
But you are kindly requested to make a video on difference between adverb,and adverbial.Looking forward to your reply.
Best Regards,

sher Bahader Mashriqi

    Hi sher Bahader Mashriqi

    Not exactly sure what you mean. Adverbial is an adjective that describes something as having the function of an adverb, such as an adverbial clause. Is that what you meant?

    Adam

10 out of 10 :)

11-1 School 139

Many thanks for your lessons. You are the teacher I understand the best (I’m not so sure the way I use the superlative is a good one… maybe a lesson on this topic?).
Every morning I begin by hearing the new lesson on engVid.com
I appreciate every teachers. They all have their pros and cons.
All the best,
Jean-Paul

Guillois

9 correct out of 10 – Thomas from Poland thx

7thomas7

Thanks a lot for your lesson
I got 9 out of 10

erasil

Great lesson Adam!
I got 10 out of 10, thanks to your lesson.
I think I understood how to use subjunctive, I hope so…. ^___^’

aiace

thank you Adam, it was so useful.
and it could be better if u talked about ‘wish’
with infinitives too.

Dado

10 out of 10
Thank you Adam

krzysztof70

    Hey!

    I am Yan.

    Do you play chess?

    yankhonskiy

      I do, but not very well :)

      Adam

Very good video Adam, thanks!

Washington Nascimento

Thank you for your nice teaching.
But I have a question.
What is the meaning that is ‘get lots of date’in the sentence below the text?

“Wow, you’re such a good singer, you must get lots of dates.”

seungsok

    Hi Seungsok,

    It means many girls like you and want to go out with you. (or guys if you=girl).

    Does that help? :)

    Adam

Hello,I want to ask a question about the future tenses,especially can I say:”I will had been+verb-ing?”and “I will had + pp.?”-is that correct? What future tense exactly is it?

snowwhite13

    First of all, i am sorry to write instead of Engvid teachers but actually i wonder how can “will” come with “had”? Are you sure about that structure or is it (I will have been + verb -ing)if it is the last -which i think it is- then it is called the future perfect continuous
    So you can say(Tomorrow I will have been learning English for 9 years.)and also (Next Friday I will have painted my bedroom)..I hope I could answer your questions.

    Hishy

    Hi Snowwhite,

    Actually, Hishy did a good job with the answer. It is a future perfect tense to talk about an action that will be completed at a known time in the future.

    Hope that helps.

    Adam

good

sankar234

Thank you very much Adam. I have got 8 of 10. It was very helpfull lesson

sergey92

wonderful lecture. thanx Adam.

decembre25

wonderful lesson.. i got 9 out of 10. before this lesson i was using “was” instead of “were”. i wish i had learnt it earlier. :P hope i would not repeat that mistake

Adhie

that’s useful for me. thank you

vuido

hi Adam I really like your lesson but i din’t understand third question .Think nice teacher

mohibms

    Hi Mohibms,

    Remember that if you wish for something to be true, then in reality it isn’t. So if she wishes he were romantic, it means he isn’t, so doesn’t buy her flowers.

    Does that help?

    Adam

that was so helpful>>> thank you with all my heart>>

Adel alfaify

You are amazing guys from EngVid! Your lessons even have subtitles. I haven’t use subtitles since 2012 because now I can understand without them. But there are many students that may need subtitles.

I wonder whether these subtitles were created by the teachers, or they are part of youtube API. I found some videos on youtube with captured subtitles, but they were wrong: things that I could read were incorrect sentences. Because today’s technology does not allow to interpret human voice completely though there are some APIs that are close to that. I also think that it’s impossible to create a program or tech that can translate from one language into another. Because machine works using algorithms, but any language is “alive”, which means there is not an algorithm that could process words, phrases, slang, and sentences. What do you think?

yankhonskiy

    I haven’t used…

    yankhonskiy

    The automatic subtitles that YouTube generates are terrible. They are almost always wrong. The subtitles for this lesson were added manually. We have not done this before on EngVid, because it is a lot of work. It takes a long time. But we will gradually be adding subtitles to more videos if we see that students want them and find them useful.

    As for automatic translation of writing — I believe that this is something that *can* work, at least well enough for someone to understand what is written, even if it is not perfect.

    engVid

i wish i had learned before exam …..

zhyan

Hello, Adam. Thank you a lot for your helping. I can’t understand why did you use a verb “whish” in the present form in the sentence:
Yesterday, John told me that he wishes he had studied harder in high school because then university might not be so difficult for him.
This is a reported speech and if a verb “tell” is in the past tense the “whise” must be in the same tense, doesn’t it?
Truly yours, Daniyar from Kazakhstan.

Daniyar

    Hi Daniyar,

    Bonus points for you :)

    That’s a typo. I meant to write wished. I didn’t make a comment about it because I didn’t want to confuse the issue of the lesson. Reported speech will be another lesson, so I will address it then, if it comes up.

    Good eye.

    Adam

Very nice lessons

Dmitry from Russia

thank you so much
I have been in Canada since 2003 for many reasons I did not finish ESL I were in level 6 in Ottawa i wish I finish it here.
but can we use wish in the past only?
for example I wish I visit my back home.
is it correct?

sahar

    Hi Sahar,

    We can talk about a wish for a future event or situation, but because it is hypothetical (not real), the verb will always be one tense back. So… you wish you COULD visit back home.

    Does that help?

    Adam

hello mr.Adam, I really like your lesson , it was really very useful . :)

hozan

I wish I had found this web site before, This is a great place to improve my English. Thank you Adam and thank you EngVid

Hector

Perfect lesson and a perfect teacher!

Janilza

wonderful lesson.

I like the subtitles feature

I wish it would be introduced some time earlier.

Vishnu

I wish I could achieve fluency like you, Adam.
I have been following this site for last three months. Just for saying ‘thank you’ to you, I signed up today.
I’m thankful for all the great lessons.

vikramiitg

thnks

fargeeto

HI, Adam!
I don`t understand, why in the forth question I cannot choose the first answer?
Thank you in advance!!!

wild boar

    Hi Wild,

    When we use ‘afford’ we generally refer to money. If you can’t afford the time, you need to specify that.

    Does that help?

    Adam

HI, Adam!
I don`t understand, why in the fourth question I cannot choose the first answer?
Thank you in advance!!!

wild boar

Thanks for the lesson

River

Can we use ” would be ” instead of ” were “?
Thank you for lesson =)

anins

    Hi Anins,

    Would be is the past of will be. So that changes the meaning. If you could give me a specific example of what you mean, I might be able to give you a better explanation.

    Adam

Thank you for the lesson

animanour

Hi Adam, I wish all mankind were like you :)
that’s impossible, right ? Anyway, you are enough (: so we do not need others to be like you.
Thank you so much !

waleed83

Hi, Adam. Thank you for your teaching. It is really good lesson though I got 7 correct out of 10.

ariunbolor

Great lesson Adan…thanks a lot

argenis

:(

emojgjc

Thanks for the quiz!

sdslive

this lesson was very interesting for me , thank you ADAM you teach very well

evelyn

Thank you Adam. You are
a great teacher bacuase you can
make student to understand a difficult question so easy.
Thanks again.

Jane

Thank you dear Adam.

meliha

hi Adam!
I have such question. Im 29 old. I have no any education and Im beginner. So is it possible for me to become as russion-english translator?

kanat

    Hi Kanat,

    In terms of what you can make of yourself, almost anything is possible. Can you be a translator today? Probably not. Can you be one in a year? Sure.

    Adam

thank you engVID for everything …muah,,muah tsup tsup….

sweet hyacinth

thanks for the lesson just got 8 answers correct

Ajantha Handagama

thanks dear, i have got 9 out of 10 but isn’t this sentence correct “he wishes he studied harder’ ? there is a sentence in quiz he wishes he ______ harder in high school. i selected studied but they told had studied is correct. why had studied comes here if there is a simple present tense.

syed noman shah

    Hi Syed,

    You need to keep in mind the context. He is now in university. So when he speaks of high school, it’s already in the past (ie. he DID not STUDY hard in h.s.) so NOW he wishes he HAD STUDIED harder.

    Does that help?

    Adam

      thankyou

      syednomanshah22

At high school or in high school?

According to Murphy “at school” is correct.

Michael

    Hi Michael,

    At school, would refer to the place. In school refers to the idea, the context or situation. So, in high school refers to the time I was studying (from 14-18 years old).

    Does that help?

    Adam

    “at school” is British English.
    “in school” is American English.

    Sabuhi

there is a sentences in quiz which runs :he wishes he_________harder”. i selected studied but they they said had studied is correct just studied is incorrect. why it is so if there is present indefinite tense.

syednomanshah22

    Hi Syednomanshah,

    You need to keep in mind the context. He is now in university. So when he speaks of high school, it’s already in the past (ie. he DID not STUDY hard in h.s.) so NOW he wishes he HAD STUDIED harder.

    Does that help?

    Adam

yes dear how do i whatch your leastion M/s Roone

taha3

TY Adam!! Especially for “Were instead Was” part!)) 10 out of 10!)

Ronin1987

i got 8 correct out of 10 (-__-)
i am so sad

mohmed92melegy

Woa, this is really good English Course… I didn’t see this website before, I Wish I had seen this time ago.

Raphael

7/10. (:

Hnan

I wish I could understand this lessons

badac003

great lesson …thanks so much Adam .. I got full mark
Adel …EGYPT

adel

Hi adam that was really helpful for me.
I would like to know what are the words in what I can use ´´TO´´ after the verb. for example
´´WAIT ME´´ or ´´WAIT FOR ME´´
IF there is somthing else I want to know.
thank you and blesings.

junior777

    Hi Junior,

    It’s wait for me, but I’m not really sure I understand the rest of the question. Can you give me a specific example?

    Adam

      for example: ´wait for me´ ´or wait me´
      ´talk to me´ or ´talk me´
      ´lend me´ or ´lend to me´
      ´give me´ or ´give to me´
      ´bring him´, bring to him, bring for him´
      some things like these

      junior777

        Ok. I’ll try to make a lesson out of it, but for now:

        Wait for me
        talk to me
        lend me or ´lend (something, it, etc)to me´
        ´give me´ or ´give (it) to me´
        ´bring him´, bring (it) to him

        Adam

Dear Adam, your lesson is wonderful. Still I have a question. If I want to say “I wish HE …(looks like WAS) a driver”. Everything is clear with “I wish I were”, but should I apply it to all the prounouns?

shanti

    Hi Shanti,

    Yes, it’s were with all pronouns, including he,she,it. That’s the subjunctive. :)

    Adam

I got 7

briankeanu12

Almost 10 out 10… thank you Adam!!!

Igor Alves

Hey Adam, can you please make some lesson about formal and informal English.

primariss

thank you very much well explained lesson got 10 out of 10.

ragghude

This is one of the toughest things to learn about because native speakers aren’t consistent when they use it. And “because” isn’t helpful here! xD

I can think about 3 different sentence structures which use the subjunctive.
— conditionals
— expressions with “wish”
— requests

Good to know that native speakers often use “was” with “wish”. The same is with conditionals. Maybe people are more likely to say “If I were you…” (not everyone), but in many cases after “if”, there is “was” instead of “were”. On wikipedia, there is an example “If only the door were unlocked”, and it says that we can use “was” in place of “were”. And be wise when it comes to the subjunctive. xD

But the last structure (requests) is easy to deal with. For instance: “He asked that you be quiet.” can be rewritten to “He asked you to be quiet.”, and the second sentence sounds more “normal” to me than the first one. xD

So, “was”, “were”, whatever! xD

morfik

    Indeed :). Unless you’re taking a test like the SAT, in which case ‘was’ will lose you a point ;)

    Adam

good

johnaisteph

Abundant thanks!!!

Ilyas hotak

hi adam , your lesson were awesome , i have one question may you explain me, how we can use three verbes consecutive, and we use just one in infinitif eg : Jake: “Hey Mike, want to go see a basketball game next week?” why we d’nt say want to go to see ?

hawace

    Hi Hawace,

    That’s a bit of a complicated one, but in general, ‘see a basketball game’ is the complement to go (sort of like an object, but not really).

    Do you want …what?
    to go… where?
    (to) see a bball game?

    Does that help at all?

    Adam

i dont have something for instance a car right now. but i wish to have one. so should i say i wish i had a car or i wish i have a car?

vadhy

    Hi Vadhy

    I wish a had a car (because you don’t).

    Adam

I GOT 10. thank’s for the test
by the way, i’m trying to improve my speaking skills , i wish i had a native speakers to talk with, but i don’t ^^, so what do you guys think i should do ?

sofiane0esb

Adam, I really appreciate this lesson. Thank you for your timme and dedication.

Ruth M

tjan

thank u boddy

rosco77

Hello Adam!
I have a question about the sentence you said at the beginning of your lesson: The doctor recommended that he go to hospital. It seems to be not correct or may be I don’t get something. Wh he go not goes?
THank you for the lesson!
Hope to get your reply!
Best regards, Olya

olya77

    Hi Olya,

    That’s another type of subjunctive. After words like recommend, advise, request, etc., we use the base verb.

    He advised that Tom see a specialist.
    He requested that the flowers be delivered Monday.
    etc.

    Hope that helps.

    Adam

      Thanks for it Adam!

      Marian55

Thanks Adam

brala

Thank you so much Adam

jay843425

You are doing good job thanks for video it’s so helpful for me

painkler

tnx i enjoyed alot that was comlete man!

mohamadsb66

Dear Adam

Thanks a lot for your excellent lessons. I have a hypothetical situation and a question associated with it. Lets assume, someone asks me, do I know swimming ? I said no I don’t but I wish were . Is it correct ? or I should say ” No I don’t know swimming but I wish I did know swimming”

Hope to see your guidance.

Sincerely
Student

student

    Hi Student,

    I wish I did, because know is an technically an action verb, not a be verb.

    Adam

thanks my teacher for the lesson

yuliza22

Hi Adam! How are you? I’ve got a question. Can one say “Bill Clinton wishes Hillary were President”? Thanks. Bye.

Ruslan

    Hi Ruslan,

    It depends on what you think her chances are. :)

    I think, as things look today, that he hopes she’ll be President.

    Adam

      as I understood, grammatically it’s correct…

      Ruslan

        yes, grammatically it is correct

        Adam

          Thank you Adam.

          Ruslan

Thank you very much, Mr.Adam. you are great!

T.Do

Thank you

karim77

Hi Adam!
I’m a little bit confused in a difference between “about to” and “going to” in using.
Could you explain it at the next lessons?
Thanks!

kurte

    Hi Kurte,

    I’ll try to make a lesson about it, but for now, ‘about to’ means almost. So, about to do, means just before doing, so almost doing. About to be, means almost is. etc. Going to is in the future.

    Hope that helps.

    Adam

Hi Adam!
All your lessons are clear enough thanx. I got 10 out of 10

apolischuk85

Hi Adam! Please, tell me why uses passive voice with the following sentences
I am not interested in politics
He was surprised at her sudden disappearing
Thank you!

kishtuki

    Hi Kishtuki,

    Actually, these are -ed adjectives, not really passive verbs. They express a feeling, which is why they take the passive form.

    Does that help?

    Adam

Thank you Adam .

libyano

Hi Adam!
I like your English lessons and they are really useful.
Could I know whether following equation is correct or not.
“I wish I were rich = If I were rich”

If It is not correct please explain me what’s the difference between them
Thanks!
-Prasad-

dhplakmal

    It is only mine opinion. In the first sentence “I wish I were rich” you only dream to be rich. In the second one “If I were rich” you want tell us what you will make in that case(in case you are rich).

    Ruslan

    Hi Dhplakmal,

    If I were rich…. This is a conditional. So, it needs a result. If I were rich, I would but a house.

    I wish simply expresses a desire that is unrealistic.

    Is that clear?

    Adam

      Thank you Adam. Yes, now it’s clear.

      dhplakmal

hi Adam,this course is amazing,please don`t stop teaching,I’d like you explain ” why some people use over with some verbs if they can also use the verbs.example:look at this conversation
a)sophie: I need my books
b)charlie: ok,I’ll bring them over

please someone explain this to me

allendy

    I believe, there isn’t any reason to think very deeply. It just showing us some space or direction(over here/over there). Charlie also could say “I’ll bring them over here”

    Ruslan

Thanks for the lesson …I got 9 correct out of 10 :)

Hissah

Thank u Adam for lesson!

elubaevrashid

Thank you very much, it was really helpful!

Eugenia

Thank you , it’s very useful.

marwanalali

I,m kevin from south korea,,i want to thank to all of teacher specially Adam..he speaks smooth and nice.so Adam thumbs up,

anjello20

My doubt it’s not about grammar, that I truly understood, it’s just a curiosity.

When you mentioned about the Hypothetical issue it got me really confused, as a matter of fact, I understood that it’s something that isn’t real, ok, but assume or presume ( according to what reason I don’t know) that it’s something that can’t happen I think it’s too much. For example: I wish I had a car. this wish is completely possible of happening and I’m still able to use “wish” instead “hope” the same goes for “I wish I were rich”. I may not be rich now but it isn’t impossible.

That’s my first comment and I have to say, congratulations for all the lessons. You are really good.

Best regards from Brazil.

rodrigopinheiro

    It seems that no one has time to screen my posts. I write after each quiz persistently, even though ‘ log out ‘ shows whenever with unknown reason and no any reply.
    Thanks for giving me very clearest concept about the hypothetical and showing me how common a native speaker uses ‘wish I were / I would … in the conversation. This lesson and quiz comforted me a lot.
    What does ‘ rodrigopinheiro ‘ mean ?

    stupor67

      I guess we both will remain without answer.

      rodrigopinheiro

Good comments everyone.Thanks.

Just a quick note. Remember, that you don’t need perfect grammar to communicate. You do, however, need perfect grammar to get perfect scores on tests that test your grammar skills. :)

Adam

    Hi Adam! How are you? My question is off topic(excuse me, please). Could you tell me how much different from modern english language the work of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”? If somebody will be talk like this in now days, would it be funny? Thank you very much(can you recommend me any classical writer?).

    Ruslan

      One of my favorite books, actually. :)

      Old-fashioned (Victorian) English; no-one speaks this way these days, but you have to keep in mind that language also reflects the social surroundings. Dorian Gray was in a social class that would speak this way at that time.
      If you’re asking the question in terms of learning English, keep reading. It’s still English at the end of the day.

      Adam

        It is the first book on English I had read. This language is very beautiful. Especially I like how Wilde is describing nature(in the garden; when he coming back at home after break up with Sibyl(at dawn); when he goes for drugs). You feeling really sad. I am reading this book over and over again. It is really sorry that English is changing. Thank You Adam!

        Ruslan

        Adam, I’d also read up the books which is farther(could you please say me which one among them was written by the language that is more close to modern English)–“The Phantom of the Opera”(Gaston Leroux),”Three Man in the boat”(Jerome K Jerome),”The Time Machine”(Herbert Wells – I like him),”Tender is the Night”(F Scott Fitzgerald) also (“Fight club”by Chuck Polahniuk but I hate it(I don’t want to read it again)). Now I’ve bought “David Copperfield”(Charles Dickens). Thanks Adam.

        Ruslan

          Well, fight club is probably closest, but maybe that’s why you hate it :)

          Fitzgerald is probably next. He’s a great timeless writer.

          Adam

          Thank you Adam. (about “Fight club” I just said – I hate the story.)

          Ruslan

          I just noticed something like this was in the work of Herbert Wells ” When the sleeper wakes?”

          Ruslan

thx 4 lesson) i got 10 out of 10) but gotta practice)

nurik13

Hi Adam. Was very interesting but I got only 4 point. Thank you very much.

pairavbek

Thank you Adam.I got 9 out of 10.
I didn’t know the word ” afford”, so I made a mistake!
After I finished the test, I looked up it in my dictionary, and knew its meaning.

The subjunctive lesson was little bit difficult for me to understand when my
Japanese teacher taught it to me. However your lesson’s points are very clear.
It helped me a lot!

riliupocha

Thank a lot you really help me . I got the point
Thank you again

mohibms

Hi Adam,
I really enjoyed this video. You are one of my best Teacher. I really like your teaching style.
Here I request you to make one video on ” Elder vs Older”, I want to know the difference between these two and use.
Thank You
Best regards,
Riaz Noor Afridi

Riaz Noor

Thanks Adam! I finally got it. Again I really really appreciate you. ^^

eric

Hi Adam,
Everybody is supposed to learn engvid
Thanks a lot

Mahesh

hi Adam, only you

Pugi

Hi Adam and all the teachers.
you guys are really good. you all know how to explain, so people can understand easily. god bless all of you.
Thanks

mchou

I am grateful to you, Adam

sarasarta

thank you 4 the lesson
it’s really helpful, but what about if I said:
“I couldn’t do it” and change this sentence to WISH , I wish I … what ???

Loly

adam,please I’d you to make a lesson about the imperative form,please. for example

the imperative with may and let
I bet it’ll be 100% useful .do it please.

allendy

I mean I’D LIKE

allendy

thanks

nabilfarhan11

Hello Adam! I like your videos! You are very well) many thanks!

Aina

thanks for the quiz it’s very helpful

Saad

Thanks!

teachmeiwant2learnit

thanks alot Adam

sahar

my score only 50% – :(
thanks a lot Adam – I like your lessons

roberta

Hey Adam,

I am looking for a lesson on the perfect participle. Having looked all through the internet, I am now desperate.

thx alot

Sven

    Hi Sven,

    I’m afraid it would be impossible to do it here. I will say that one type of participle is a reduced adverb clause.

    After he had finished his homework he was allowed to watch TV.

    We reduce the preposition, subject, and verb to a participle after+ he + had + finished = having finished… his homework, he was allowed to watch TV.

    The perfect participle is just a reduction of a perfect verb.

    Not much, but I hope it helps.

    Adam

Hi there. I’ve a question: when we say “I wish tomorrow it would rain” we think it isn’t going to rain, it’s strange that tomorrow is going to rain, because for example we’re in California where it hardly rains, right?. Then have we to say “I hope tomorrow it wouldn’t rain” instead of “I wish tomorrow it wouldn’t rain” if we thing that tomorrow isn’t going to rain?

marelli

    Hi Marelli,

    To be honest, you confused me a bit. If you think it won’t rain tomorrow, and you don’t want it to rain, then there’s noting to wish or hope for. If it’s unlikely going to rain tomorrow, but you’re a farmer, then you wish it would rain. If you’re planning a picnic, but you see clouds in the sky, then you hope it doesn’t rain, or won’t rain (notice I don’t use wouldn’t).

    Does that help at all?

    Adam

Very usefull lesson. Thanks.

holly123

adam,please I’d you to make a lesson about the imperative form,please. for example
the imperative with may and let
I bet it’ll be 100% useful .do it please.

allendy

    I’ll get on it :)

    Adam

I don’t know how i can thank you for your wonderful and smooth way.

koki

thnk u

nasro

Thank you very much. Really awesome the way you explain.

JulioCesar

I wish I could speak english better

tanu

The way you teaching the important points is amaizing. Thanks Sir.

tanu

8/10 opppps

nooryanoor

Mr. Ada pls help me how i can make these two sentences passive

1.I think, people will forget it very soon
2. They said, that had finished their work in time

lilit87

    take it easy

    sam

Thanks for the lesson Adam.

imelda2106

Hey adam, i always get confused ib imaginary sentences..i would appreciate if you could tell me the whole possible terms in imaginary kind of sentences..
also how can i be more clear on the sentences in which we use like – would have,would have been, i wish, i were, could be, could have been, must have…please help

Rashmi

    I’ll have to make a lesson on that Rashmi. A little too big for here.

    Adam

hi,lilit 87 I Think it is this way

1.I think it will be forgotten by peolple very soon.

2.it was said,that their work will had been finished in time.

I hope having heped you…

allendy

Thanks. you are a great teacher ….

becoca

Why I can see the videos?

sandra30

Hi Adam,

Could you please offer proof reading service to help me improve writing skills?

aykayk

    Hi Aykayk,

    I’m working on that now. I will let you know soon.

    Adam

Thank you , I wish you the best
graet teacher Mr. adam

suheilalmaarri

you are the best Adam !

Musa

I love you Adam!
I wish you ;D

ravenabezerra

Hi Adam..
Thanks for the quiz..
I almost got 10 out of 10 in Quiz.
But I scored 8.
Anyways i have a few doubts regarding question no.s 6 and 8 in Quiz.
May be I am not getting it exactly.
Would you please let me understand those 2 questions.
Thanks in Advance
Looking forward to have my doubts clear. :):)

Deep Wadhwa

I wish I had your english level .is it correct teacher :D ?

tiref

Thank you for the great explanation. I have a question for you, when do we use “was” could you give me an example please? it help a lot thank again. would be great if you could write me back :)

esty

10 out of 10. excellent lesson, great work. :D

henriquefut10

Hello Adam, thanks for your lesson. But when I listen to music I usually hear I wish I WAS… or If I WAS… Can you tell me WHY?

marina85

thanks a lot sir for doing a great job , i wish you were my personal teacher………..

thusan

thanks for a lesson:) Helped
Could you please explain this. If we use one tense back how come in these sentences we use WOULD ( my grammar key gives that):
I wish it …….( snow) now that it’s Christmas.
I wish you …..( do) that. It annoys me.
I wish the holidays ….( come) so we could go off to the seaside.
I wish you….( stop) watching TV while I am talking to you.
The answer key gives everywhere WOULD / WOULDN’T
Why? Why can’t be ….snowed, did, came,……
thanks

superlina

Thank you.
I wished you had talked more about wish.

masoud59

I have a question.how can I go one step back in this sample?

I wish I were you.
I wished I ????

masoud59

Thank u very much

yoshi76

thanks you are my best theacher of mine

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fati1995

hi.thanks Adam for this lesson. it was interesting.

ganbashir15

thank you so much….this topic gave me a though time but now am ok i got 10 out of 10

salleh19

thank you so much I think it is more useful . I would to give me advise about reading section in IELTS .

safawad

I’ve just studied this lesson. but….
It is still difficult for me to understand.ㅠㅠ
I wish it would be easy..
I’ll make it!!!!

ea9436

thanks Adam for your lessons

lolorory

Thank you handsome teacher.

dawloy

Thanks for your easy understanding lesson!!!

rocketeer12

Thank you. Step by step i’ll understanding you. Now i’ve got 90%.
The word hypothetical i think is Greek.

pafsilipoclub

i’m bad 8 of 10

matrix1990

I was in a company of five Americans once and all of them used ‘was’ not ‘were’ after wish!! Why the hell should we stick to the old-fashioned ‘were’ is beyond me! …

sabbatical

Thanks Mr Adam. It was really helpful.

happiness49

Thanks a lot.I used to confuse tense in general question

connor

Hi Adam, thanks a lot for your lessons, they are excellent. Two things, may I ask you a lessons about modal verbs, and another thing, I would like to take an exam in English CAE for example, but I’m not sure what is my level. Could you help me with this, please?

aleireland

Dear Sir, i had listened valen’s lesson in engvid who explained as follows:

I WISH I WAS RICH.. HERE NOT MENTIONED “WERE” SO IS IT CORRECT USAGE?
I WISH YOU A SAFE FLIGHT &
I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT FLIGHT…
PLEASE EXPLAIN ABOVE MENTIONED MATTER

shameer

Thanks Adam..

wiltoncleiton

hello Adam! your clases are so good!

i have a big confusion:

If I wished in the past, how do I have to use the verb after verb wished?
base form infinitive, or past time?

When I was a child I always wished to have a pet!
When I was a child I always wished to had a pet!
When I was a child I always wished have a pet!
When I was a child I had always wished a pet!
I always wished………..
and What about if I wish something in the future?

thanks for being so clear in your classes!

doly771003

Adam how can I use wish with would/wouldn’t?
I learned something about that, but I really don’t remember anything.
Could you help me? please.

I wish it wouldn’t rain all the time. (is this right or wrong?)
thank you so much!

doly771003

Thanks Adam for your good teaching.

I have a question for you or for anyone who can answer it. You said we always degrade our tenses one step backward, then could you explain how to use “I wish …” with future tenses?

Thank you.

jackfatal

thanks you so much. you teach very easily to listen and to understand :D

quyentran2311

Can I ask a question?
In some grammar books it is stated that ‘we don’t use wish + would in the first person.
Example: I wish I would…so this is considered incorrect.
So, why?

Thank you.

rikko29

HI Teacher Adam,
thank you so much you helped me a lot (:
I wanted to talk to you about something really confused me (:
I watched Teacher Valen’s lesson on this website it was about WISH & HOPE and when to use them can you check out the video? because she put an example says ” I wish I was rich ”
her lesson was so amazing but what confused me is that she used ” was” and you said you should use “were”. Another thing , she mentioned usages and one of them was ” to wish that someone would change his attitude you should use WISH+WOULD and to wish things were different than they are now use WISH+PAST” the example you suggested in the lesson confused “I wish it would rain tommorrow” ??
Again, thank you so much (:

ladyarchie

Hi dear Adam!
I want to ask you to make one more video about the verb to hope. it is confusing me so badly. wat tense should I use hope?
Thank you.
Best regads from Moscow.

yashka10

Thanks

giftzy-31@hotmail.com

I got 8 correct out of 10. I failed No 3 and 4. But maybe I could understand them because of your helps. Next time I wish I would get 10 correct out of 10. Thank you, Adam :)

Happy04

Hi Adam, I’m thankful that i found this site. got 7 out of 10, failed 6,9,10 :( but anyway keep listening to you will makes me more perfect.
Thank you

Estrellita

Hi Adam, you are very great thanks

osii

hello teacher ! thank you for your lessons . In fact I don’t know if it s correct to use :I wish I would instead of I wish I could .
example . I wish I could stop smoking .” desire for change things in a near future “

nabil 82

hi adam sir, i just wanna ask u something, in which case “having” form used???? i really want to know the answer. i need the answer very badly. i must say that you are the best teacher ever and i have learnt lots of thing from you that is why thank you very much for making our life shine..

bumba das

    please approve my comment… please…!!

    bumba das

      Sorry, sorry!

      engVid Moderator

        bumba das

        what sorry sir..!! please i want to know the answer…!!!

        bumba das

        then, what is the result of being a part of engvid, if you don’t want to give me the suggestion then why did keep comment box for answering us??? m very much disappointed…!! filing really helpless…!!

        bumba das

          I was saying sorry for taking such a long time to approve your comment! And I don’t really understand your original question — could you try explaining it a bit?

          engVid Moderator

what sorry sir..!! please i want to know the answer…!!!

bumba das

i wish i had studied English 10 years ago.

nguyenhuudo

The lecture and the quiz really helped me to understand the “Subjunctive”. Thank you.

rifaas

Thank you, Adam! I wish I had have teacher like you)))

Alevtinka

thanks so much Adam. my score is 8/10 . I just don’t understand about the 4th question . I chose A, but the answer is C. any sign for that key?

Frank-December

I’m confused, why do you guys use would when the real action is in future, I still don’t understand, however I got 8 out of 10, Anyway.. PLEASE LET ME KNOW SOON I NEED HELP TO PASS MY FCE TEST.

cloudy08

Scored a perfect 10!

gaurav.001

thanks I got 60%

Abdul Qayum

Thank you Adam,you are a great teacher.I’ve learned many things from you.If I’d teacher like, I would be native speaker. :)

faisal10

last one I have problem .

Byron

thank you so much it was so helpful for me.

wahidullah

Good lesson,you are a good teacher, but did you have it more time???
I speck three languages but the english is very difficult from me, a disaster :(
HElp!!! :)

Anina

Great lesson! I wish Adam never stopped teaching online!

buyeromanya

Hi adam, I got 9 points. But I didnt understand one thing. In which situations do we use would+V1?

Merve487

Hello Friends!
here is my skype id “muhammad.naveed343” we can make our conversation in English to make it up.

Thanks Adam.

Naveed

Hi Adam,

Can you please explain me the unreal situation with wish and if only, becase I will have my English exam next Wednesday February 19.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Maria Medina

Thanks for lesson ! It was difficult to understand to me as the reported speech. I wish I had studied English harder in high school )))

Erin1401

i wish my father were still alive.

nguyenthihiep

Thank you very much for the lessons Adam. you and Emma are my favorite teachers. I saw in a book the following 2 lines. I don’t know what the contraction (‘d) mean ” I wish he’d tell what is happening.” ” I wish he’d better go” plz help

graceswann

    The contraction 'd can mean “had” or “would”. In this case, because it’s the subjunctive…well, which one do you think it is? :)

    engVid Moderator

GOT 10/10 yupiiiiiiii

natkhat.kuri

thank you teacher for your effort to explain this lesson

R@chid

Hi Adam,
I’ve heard an opinion that it doesn’t really make any difference wheather we use “were” or “was” in “I wish” sentences and also when it comes to the second conditional when giving advice. Is it a question of British or American English? I would be greatfull if you could clear that up ;)

Eirien

i like it.

zarai

Hi
I have got 10 out of 10 :)
Thanks so much

selinar81

thanks adam

balla coumba

hi adam

balla coumba

10 out of 10. Great!!! it was always the most difficult topic for me.

Velvet55

thank you alot

alaaturke

Nice. 100% of the quiz in the first try. Thank you teacher!

Caroline Pires Ayala

Thanks Adam ! Grate lesson ! I am preparing for Academic IELTS ? I hope to find all your lessons for this exam.

Lara73

thats cool thank you you guys are good teachers love you …

rawa bakh

if I say “I wish you a happy day” it’s wrong?

noraalvap

Thank you Adam. Now I can remember the tense to use in the wish structure .

wines

I don’t think so but you should make sure about that anyway…

cloudy08

very interesting lesson big thank for u #Adam, I wish if I were knew all the common mistake in English .

Mabor Maker Kulang

What’s the difference between subjunctive and indicative????

Verda

Thanks for the lesson!
I don’t understand how to answer question #4.
Why money not time?

wir2ozz

    I have the same doubt

    Ender

      The comment above:
      “When we use ‘afford’ we generally refer to money. If you can’t afford the time, you need to specify that.”

      wir2ozz

        okay I got it, thanks

        Ender

Thanks a lot.

amin80

i wish i were a teacher like adam……is it correct adam?

Rasho

i only got 8.:(

zaira.30

hello Adam, first of all thanks a lot.
my question is : are there any exceptions in using “wishes” what about past continuous,modals etc.
thanks in advance.

ahsenay

How can you cope with so many of us?

annaplatans

Actually I want to comment on the use of “wishes” in the sentence “John told me that he wishes…”and although theoretically not concording with the past (told me)the action of wishing is still on the go so it should be possible to use the present (she wishes)Was that really a typo? Thanks Adam for your beautiful and clear explanations.

annaplatans

thanks Adam……..

Afsana A bedin Khan

Hay Adam
How can I improve my speaking skill. here I am very weak. When I talk someone in English i mess up all of things. I cant talk proper way, sometime I become silent. I know the question’s answer, which I was asked but i cant answer in that moment. Please help me out of this problem.
thanks

Afsana A bedin Khan

Thank you,u r great!

Iamhere.

Thank you Adam.I onderstood very qell this lesson.I wish I could talk more good english.

klejdi

    Ouuu qeke mire ti 4 gjuhe te huaja ,…hahahah te pershendes!!!

    alpido24

so so 70 %. thanks.

alpido24

thank you.yhat was usefull

alaleh

If I say “I wish I had studied hard in high school” instead of what you said before, is it wrong? I know that the comparative adverb “harder” fulfill the meaning of “I had to studied more” but I cannot see the point at all yet. I will very pleased if you can make a video about future perfect. Thank you a lot.

florvasi

90%

juny729

OMG I just got 100% ~ Thanks a lot ^.^

1nnocence1

thank you Adam sir.

suthar

Oh, thanks a lot for your lesson. It has always been a big problem for me to make sentences with this verb. And now, after your lesson everything is clear. I didn’t know that it is so easy. ( Can I use past and present simple in one sentence?)

NatyskaVIN

Hi Adam. Thank you for your good lesson. I have a question. Is it correct? -I wish things going much better ever with you. Regards :)

Lily of the valley

Thanks Adam! your videos are very helpful! :) glad i found this site

lilis405

Hello Adam I have a question if I have to write,:I wish you luck in your exams or I wish ,to make a complain…are these ok? And if these would be correct What is the difference between (the wish ) of this class?.sincerely regards.

guadalupe

thanks a lot.

cargo77

Hellow Adam.
Why the correct answer to the question 4 is “he wants to, but he doesn’t have the money”? We don’t know why Mike can’t afford to go see a basketball game next week. Maybe he really have no money, but maybe he have no time, it can be anything, any reason why he can’t afford something. I answered correctly, but I didn’t understand, why “he wants to, but he doesn’t have time” is not correct answer?
Thank you, and I’m sorry for the mistakes in the text.

edit

Thanks for the great video. I got 10 for the quiz. I’m glad. But the sad part is that I often forget these rules after a few days, or weeks.
I wish I could remember all those confusing rules in English grammar.

Rahma Azizah

you’re the one Adam!! I am an English teacher in Brazil and I always watch your classes before give mine.

Marsuonski

thank you so much for your class Adam my got 6 , I hope I get better but it’s a good score to me . If there’s anyone to practice english my whatsapp is 94995-3700 .

nativespeaker

quite useful.thank you

rescue

Very HELPFUL lesson, thank you so much for your enthusiastic.
today is the first time i know your lessons and this website.
Best wish for you, Adam!

Goodpersonkunkyu

Hi Adam,
I have two questions on one of the questions that I have taken quiz.

2. Yesterday, John told me that he wishes he ________ harder in high school because then university might not be so difficult for him.

studied
would study
studies
had studied

I selected “would study” thinking that “university might not be so difficult for him” is an expression for future but, realized that it is not a future expression.

Here are my questions:

1. Would “would study” gets applied when the expression is “university will not be so difficult for him”?

2. I see the answer is “had studied”. Why “have studied” cannot be used here? the reason I am asking this is “have studied” is also a past perfect tense and why would we always have to use “had…” there?

Hope my questions are clear :)
Please clarify.

Thanks,
Raghu

rdesoju

Thanks for lesson )
It’s very useful…
I wish every lesson were so easy for understanding )

Kerr

thank for lesson. i wish i were understand teacher talking

quy cody

Why i should to use lasted ???! Didnt get it

ayati

THANK YOU VERY MUCH ^^

AMNA AL-AQILI

Thanks so much for this useful lesson Mr. Adam. Much appreciated!

karokhBapir

Thank you very much.

Nadir

Aw, I got 9 out of 10,and I didn’t expect I made a mistake! Thank you Adam for the lesson, but may I ask you a question? I still don’t understand when we should use ‘I wish S would have p.p.’. Is this usage right? What occasion is this expression used?

shinoutoshi

Hello Adam!
I just want to let you know that you are a great teacher! I’ve been in Chicago for 20 years and I’ve have many teachers, but you are my number 1!!!!!

VickySol

Hi, Adam. I like Radiohead. Its “Creep” song has such words “I wish I was special”. Is it incorrect or is it poetic licence?

alexisraise

    Technically it’s incorrect, but songs often use informal English because it sounds more natural or fits better.

    engVid Moderator

Thanks! Great lesson :)

IIamkovyi

Hi Adam. I would like to request a lesson.
How about a lesson related to Math like 1+2 = …
2×10=… 4:2=…. I really want to know terms related to Math. Thank you.

Demosa

    Check out our basic math vocabulary lesson! Let me know if you’d like something more advanced.

    engVid Moderator

Oh thank you very much Moderator.

Demosa

I want to know the linguistic difference between could and would wish in base

haidy hossam

Thank you very much, Adam! Good lesson. very good!

camovoz

Nice video… tricky questions too. I always like this free site since the tutor is very much to look at and the y provide also free questions to answer…

kido

Thanks Adam,
Does wish have any other function as well?
For example, if i say: “if u wish we may meet tomorrow”, is it right, or wrong?

Hossein

Very clear about “I wish…” Thank you very much! I got 9 correct out of 10

olegyn

Thank you so much sir adam .I got 8 out of 10 Not bad ,More practice i guess.

pokwang

You got 9 correct out of 10.
:) thank you Adam

Ahmed Gamal

Hi Adam.thank you for your video ;)

rukiye

Thank you for this lesson.

oxana

i wish i could speak english like native a speaker and i would be a english teacher.thank you so much for great lesson!

baodavid

What is the most appropriate answer?

– I wish (we had gone) to Paris.
– I wish (we would have gone) to Paris.

axlceb

I got 7 point and grin :) but I wanted big grin.. :( I haven’t heard at conservation about ‘wish’ maybe I heard I didn’t get them :D anyway thank you for this lesson Adam..

ozgealtay

WOW!! 100/100!!! Thanks Adam.

ivani

Thanks))100%!!!

Marishka7

Finally got 10/10 whee!! Adam’s quiz(zes)? are tricky.
Thanks!

dri.reis

Thank you Adam !
I wish I were studied English before !

Nasser-Allah Mohamed

A great thanks for your quiz! Loved your lessons at “Lingualeo” resoure, but didn’t train’em. Finally has found time to test myself and I see that it’s necessary to repeat some of your lessons. Want to mention, that I do that happily :) Thanks a lot, Adam!

Tane

Nice Sir

Meri Andani

Thanks Adam. I got 10 out of 10.Excelent lesson..

sri

Thank you Adam. I wish I could teach English like you

Ladyblue072282

Thanks Adam. Sometime it was difficult for using were or was.

HENDRIKRIWU

Got perfect score again! :D How I love this page! Thank you so much Adam!

tsamreynolds

Is it correct to say “It’s high time I let go and moved on”?

waltech2

Perfect score! Thanks!

Precious Gee

thanks

rajesh upreti

Hi Adam! I’have been learning English for about 15 years (interruptedly), but this your lesson on “Subjunctive” has helped me to UNDERSTAND the structure. I just learnt it by rote before without any understanding because my English teachers couldn’t explain the main idea properly (I don’t blame them, they are not native English speakers). So thank you very much for you lessons, you help is really much appreciated!

vasvas071

i dint make a sense. “is the sentences, ” I wish her boy boy friend were a US army.” is it correct technically? Thanks for you lesson! I love your topic and Im keep watching!

thapa82

thanks alot Adam….for test

sara red

Test is great! Thanks! 10 points, but it wasn’t easy.

Anastasya-87

Thank you, Adam, from Ukraine.

Natasha1706

    Ooo… i am from ukraine too

    Yuriy2001

Thank you Adam! This topic I can’t understand it very well. See you, then.

lorenzoyoques

Hi Adam

Thank you for this lesson.
However, i coudn’t really catch everything by using the word “wish”. I’m French and i’m going to tell you what meaning I actually guess in my “French mind”.
When we say : “i wish i were rich”, is it like expressing regrets because if i had worked harder, I would be rich today (I would have been rich and today it would be comfortable). So, what a pity ! Refering to the past, I have regrets.

2 other examples in the quizz :
– you’re such a good singer, you must get lots of dates. I wish : does it mean “if only I could get dates, my God ” ?
– do you think Nancy likes you ? I wish i knew : does it mean ” i would really want to know, if only i knew, as looking forward something)?
So, frustrating circomstances ???

Could you please help me ?
Thank you for all.

Denis1

denis1

Thanks! You are a great Teacher!!!

annetta8728

thank you!!! I have 8 right answers of 10. :D

mvd777

thank you!!! :D

mvd777

I am not sure why in sentence “Bill Clinton wishes Hillary would be President” you used “would” instead of “were”. At the same time in “Elaine wishes her boyfriend were a romantic type” you didn’t write “Elaine wishes her boyfriend would be a romantic type”… As I know “would” after “wish” should be used to express a desire for someone or something to act in a different way but there is no action in “be”. Сould you explain when we should use wish+past simple/perfect vs wish+would with more details? Also wish+could/could have…

unbreakable

    Hi Unbreakable,
    I understand what you mean.
    However i guess Adam thinks that “be” is an action verb here : B Clinton wishes Hillary woud become President, and would do everything to get to it and then, to succeed in it. So, perhaps it is an action verb to be considered.
    BUT actually, i’m not sure either.
    The problem is I already asked Adam for more details in this lesson too, but nobody replies to my emails (Adam, Valen, Emma !!!).
    Good luck.

    denis1

Thank you so much Adam!

Abatekaren

Thanks, Adam

Luydmyla

Hi Adm, Thank you so much
I got 70 score.

adwan2009

thanks

musabali

very clear lesson Thanks

Vivimi

Just straight to the point

jeancl16

Thank you so much ,Adam!!! I really like your lessons)))

Dmitriy303

Thanks

PuddingPillai

Thanks!

DashaBond

Thank youuu:)) You are a very good teacher!!

Alina-Maria

I’ve made one mistake in the 8 sentence because I understood it not at all :(

Alina-Maria

Thank you so much for this lesson!

Mirealona

I got 7 out of 10. Thanks adam.

Ryan18

Thank you Adam.

Jean-Michel.M

Hi Adam
I have a question that has been killing me

Can i say ¨ I’d rather have gone to the movies ¨ instead of ¨ I wish I had gone to the movies ¨ ?
I think they both are correct if some previous information is provided:

I went to the concert, but I didn’t enjoy myself as it was really boring. I I’d rather have gone to the movies / I wish I had gone to the movies.

But, without any previous information, do they have the same meaning?

mayldberg

Hi, Adam.
What if a real situation is in past perfect? How should I construct subjunctive with wish? What is one tense back from past perfect?

smalar

I got 9 correct out of ten it´s a good start!!!
thanks adam.

giankrlo

Hi Adam ….thank you so much for your efforts :)

basmabth

Hi adam, I have a qusetion to ask you please:
Is it correct to say: I wish I were teacher of english?

Tarik rahmouni

thanks 4da class it was terrific!!! :D

Alezzte

Hi Adam,
You’re the best teacher I’ve ever seen. Thank you for everything :)

furuk26

Thanks Mr.Adam for everything.

Ismayil98

I made only 1 mistake. Is it good for the first time?

Ismayil98

9/10 I think is good, but I need to practice more. Thanks Mr. Adam

alyvenegas

Wow! 10 of 10!!!! Adam is a good teacher! Thank you!=)

Anastasia44

9 of 10. I wish i could afford it… I supposed that it can also mean that i don’t have enough time…wasn’t i right?

ollgga2805

Wow… Here is the words come up:
“You got 10 correct out of 10.
:D”

rituelidaeli

Thanks a lot Adam

Ami Chan

Thank You very much! I always enjoy Your lessons. But could You tell us about other types of subjunctive mood? I heard that there are the clauses with “lest”. Are they a sort of conditional clauses?

vlada

I mean that the “one tense back” rule is the same (for “I wish”) as in conditional clauses. Does it work with any type of subjunctive?

vlada

9/10. I wish I were better…. Great explanaination about “one tense back”. It couldn`t be easier!

nataanna

Thank you very much teacher.I wish I were good English next time ^^

TRAN QUOC THAI

thank you for everything adam you are a great master :)

ugurlaw

Does “wish” have tenses? Like wished(past), will wish(future), wishing(continuous), etc.

Lindio

thank you Adam, I got 100.

arisutek

Thanks for your lesson, you are a great teacher.

Redfox000

Thanks a bunch.

chasanova

hi Adam your lessons are the best. I am learning a lot from ur lessons thank u very much

@Akbar97

100 % )

Elmir Azerbaijan

thanks Adam… I wish I spoke like you ((

aygun001

Hello Adam.I have just joined. Thank you very much. I like everything you guys teach here. I mean all teachers. I am sorry if I make mistakes. I hope You can help to correct them anyway). I just wanted to say that I am here and I am going to say thank you for helping me with differences between “I wish I was” and “I wish I were”

Compis Niko

Hello Adam.I have just joined. Thank you very much. I like everything you guys teach here. I mean all teachers. I am sorry if I make mistakes. I hope You can help to correct them anyway). I just wanted to say that I am here and I am going to say thank you for helping me with differences between “I wish I was” and “I wish I were”

Compis Niko

ohh waaw , its very easy thank you adam , i got 9/10

hadil99

Dear Teacher,
Does the verb ‘Wish’ always in present tense? Thanks!

Everydaye

hi Adam you’re the best teacher I’ve ever seen. Thank you for everything :)

nurceylan

This answer “9. Don’t you wish summer ________ longer?” could be interpreted differently, if you wish that summer always last longer, don’t you have to use presente simple in this case? The context don’t give any information if the sentences refers to something that occurs in the past or if it something that you always wish.

florenciagl

Thank you. I got 8 out of 10.

ANSAR ASRIN

Thanks, Adam!
You are great, 1О out of 1О!!!

travelmama

Hi Adam
thank you for the lesson. It is very helpful.
I got 9 out of 10.

Don’t you wish summer ________ longer?
This question was tricky to me becuase there are DON’T and question mark so I selected LAST.

Maha Eltom

Hi Adam
Thank you for the film and quiz!
I learn English recently and I couldn’t understand the sentence or question number 10.
Can you explain it, please?

Mohammad Aroudaki

plz
post-modification of nouns

layla2020

You are my prefered prof of English, Adam. You and Axel and Samantha. Your lessons are very helpful and instructives.

Earthling from Outside

I wish i would speak English fluently like Adam.. BTW thanks i watch your vids daily it’s​ helping me to improve english although i still get nervous when it comes to speaking

Fariya hamid

Do you fancy __(go) away for the weekend? help please

KanyshayT

Thanks Adam your explanation has been useful.

rosanita

thank you

abdullatif1993

Adam, one my favourite virtual teachers! I admire you a bunch ! … I wish I spoke English with your nice accent (I love it)! I really wanna thank you your great help. I could understand most of this hard topic for some of us, no-native English speakers. regards for you from Barranquilla D.E. City, in the Caribbean coast of Colombia, South America! G’day !

CaribbeanX

Hi Adam
I learnt this lesson at school but I didn’t understand it. But now I have really understood.

Thileli

Thank you for your job!

vas1995ya

Hi Adam ,do you mean that we use ( were) with all the pronouns if the sentence contains subjunctive = wish / hypothetical ??
THANK YOU A LOT .

Ammoni

thanks i have an exam tomorrow ,and you benefit me Mr.Adam

Taiba

Why is the Q.10 answer A. “… I was rich” wrong?

Quint

    – the

    Quint

      Were is the subjunctive mood of the verb to be. So, ” I was rich” is wrong in this context.

      andremilke

Thanks Adam, I got 10 out of 10.

Gayathri20

Thanks, I’ve got 10

AlexanderSib

i just got 7 :((

lala2804

Hi Adam,I am particularly fond of your English teaching skills.I wish I were you

Bismark Soedzede

Is there some class about the difference between ‘Wish’ and ‘Hope’?
It is a little confusing to me.

andremilke

Thank you. Mr.Adam.

SangHoon OH

Thank you
Mr Adam

mery.h

Thank Adam!
Great lesson I could learn more about “wish” and I could get 10 point on this test!
I always wacth your lesson on the Youtube and I can learn a lot!Thank for you help!:)

Julio Coleti

Thanks, Adam, You are a great man and fabulous teacher. I wish I spoke like you and I know I can someday. I watched your grammar series twice, and now I am watching your videos for the third time. Your voice helps me in listening; therefore, I hope I get above 100 in Tofel IBT.

Rezajohn

your tests are difficult! Why?

Mikesyndrom

9/10 not so bad. :P

marisol18

I want to say thank you. I am an English teacher but I never end to learn with your lessons. And also they are easier to understand. Congrats Alan. Go on!

Teacher Cris

got 9/10 u are a great online english teacher ever.
Love frm jakarta Indonesia

jemahmad

I just wish you are not sick. Is that statement right or wrong.

Mafalta

8/10 you are the best teacher

Ivoi

I got 8

sherif Bahr

Got ten..

Hey Adam , I am neha from India. I love watching your tutorial. I have an questions, aomwhere1 I read if

Neha28sharma

Somewhere I read if subjects of main sentence and conditional clause are same then to use past tense else would. Eg
I wish I did it.
I wish you would do it.
Please clear my doubt as many times I read this one too
I wish I were queen.
I wish you were King
But as per rule I read it should have been this
I wish you would be King.

Neha28sharma

    @neha i think for understanding that you should break down that into hindi a lil bit e.g. I wish I were queen. means kaash ki main rani hoti, but you r not, u r just wishing that by some miracle smone changes the past and makes u queen. however in, I wish you would be King, you are wishing someone to be king like main tumhe raja bane hue dekhna chahti hoon, like two participants are fighting for the throne and u r siding with one. so I think that is not subjunctive

    prashantchumber

Please Adam clear my doubt…..

Neha28sharma

hello sir
i am a big fan of your teaching style.
I am from India, north side actually, and i just want to ask does the tone (positive or negative) of the essay affects the score. As my local teacher told me, sometimes you write very negative words to show contrast or to tip the balance of the whole essay towards your opinion.

plz help

prashantchumber

i wish i would learn english better .

Barosanu

Hello, Mr Adam!
Thank you so much for your lessons.
Let me ask you a question. This sentence is true or false?
‘ You’re lucky to be going away. I wish could come with you’ ( can/ come)
please, help me to understand well.
Jelaleddin,from Turkmenistan

Jelaleddin

Thank you so much!

NogueiraTati

You are a genius!!! And thank you so much for Conditionals lesson!

Leonmegadrive

Thank you for this very good class!Got 10/10

zigmund

Hi Adam!You said in this video about changing of tenses ( one step back), please can you send me the information about these tenses ( which tense will turn into other tense?)

MyNameIsElena

Thanks a lot Adam!

Alex-1956

I am really confused now. I read in my textbook (‘English Grammar in Use’ B level) that you can use were OR was, ex.: I wish Sarah was (or were) here now. Does this book have a mistake in in? Does it contain any other mistakes?

greshnova

Thanks, Adam! Great lesson! I got 9/10!

Antonette

10 out of 10, olè! But the last one was the good one, I only got it right thanks to the preposition for.

ramoncarrasco

Hi Adam. Thanks for your lesson. I have one question. You said: One tense back.
What is the correct order of tenses?
thanks again

DrMiguel

Hi, Adam. Thank you so much for your lesson. I have just one question. In quiz there is a question:
“Hey, Mike, want to see a basketball game next week?”
“I wish I could afford it”. What does Mike mean.
Why do we have to choose the answer “He wants, but he doesn’t have the money”. I think an answer “He wants to, but he doesn’t have time” is true too.
Thanks again.

DmitiySeliutin

    The questions were to know your ability of understanding whether you could understand the clause “I wish I could afford.” not. Mike didn’t want to go because he didn’t have time, but he didn’t have the money to attend the game. I hope that is understood.

    Hassan Koony

Hey Adam i really loved ure vedio …
But ..i was confused about one thing ..that you didn’t talk about it ..
If only i thought it’s had the same job of i wish.. But the thing is ..what are their usage..hope u answer me soon caus i really do need it ..
Thanks for evry thing😊

Mikassa

I made it. 10 out of 10. Thanks Adam. I wish I were a linguist at English

Hassan Koony

I really really like a way how you translate everything and how you teach. You are awesome human being! Thank You :)

Cathai

i got 80 hhhh i am very happy about that but i wish i had 1OO

saidovich

hi adam, what’s the different between:
“i should have told you” and “i wish i had told you”

francescosurano

I like this topick.

Varyag88

Thank you Adam.
How much I like your lessons

Galina Ivanovna

Thanks Adam

marlenebarros

Hello Adam. Before I signed up in here I’d already left a comment with my question. I liked your website so I’d like to get an answer here as well: ‘Thanks for your work!!! But there are some school textbooks in Russia (where I actually come from) which say: ‘I wish it weren’t raining.’

Plahm

The question is: Can this sentence be right?

Plahm

Hi,Adam. i’ll improve my speacking. I wish i would learn more your lessons.

ABISSA

Hi Adam! I have 2 questions about this lesson, your answers would really help me go forward. Before going to the questions, I want to say : thank you very much because this lesson was really very helpful for me.

Question 1

When I saw the question 2 in the quiz I was confused because, even after doing the correction, and therefore having the correct sentence “John told me that he wished…” I didn’t understand when the actions were situated. So before answering I checked in the commentaries, and I found your answers about the fact that “he now is in the university”, and I was surprised and confused, because when I read “THEN university might not be so difficult for him” I feel that this last part (being in the uni) is happening in the future comparing with the moment of their conversation (because of “then + might”). When I read the number 2 quiz sentence, I understand that now John is in high school, and yesterday they were talking about the fact and he desires to study harder now in high school (and for some reason he can’t) because he feels he doesn’t study enough now and that’s going to be difficult for him in the future, in the University. So in that case, wouldn’t the sentence: “Yesterday, John told me that he wished he studied harder in high school because then university might not be so difficult for him” be correct?
I feel that if now he were in the University, the correct sentence should be: “Yesterday, John told me that he wished he had studied harder in high school because NOW university might/would not be so difficult for him.” Am I right or wrong, and would you please explain me why?

Question 2

I’m not sure that I understood everything right. So let me write what I understood and tell me if it’s right or wrong.
Sentence examples (keeping in mind that all the situations that I want are impossible or almost impossible, or mistakes or errors in the past) :

Examples with be:
Now, I want to be rich: I wish I were rich.
Now, I want me to be rich when I was young: I wish I had been rich when I was young.
Now, I want to me to be rich next year: I wish I would be rich next year.
Yesterday I wanted to be rich at this same moment: I wished I were rich.
Yesterday I wanted me to be rich when I was young: yesterday I wished I had been rich when I was young
Yesterday I wanted me to be rich next year: yesterday I wished I would be rich next year.

Example with another verb:
Now, I want to eat less: I wish I ate less.
Now, I want me to eat less when I was young: I wish I had eaten less when I was young.
Now, I want to me to eat less next year: I wish I would eat less next year.
Yesterday I wanted to eat less at this same moment: I wished I ate less.
Yesterday I wanted me to eat less when I was young: yesterday I wished I had eaten less when I was young
Yesterday I wanted me to eat less next year: yesterday I wished I would eat less next year.

Could you tell me if all of this is correct or not, and if not, which are my mistakes and why? Thank you very much in advance

NathalieSandra

Sorry I made a mistake inmy last comment. I meant :”When I read the number 2 quiz sentence, I understand that now John is in high school, and yesterday they were talking about the fact THAT he desires to study harder now in high school (and for some reason he can’t) because he feels he doesn’t study enough now and that’s going to be difficult for him in the future, in the University.

NathalieSandra

Your quizzes are always great; this one was fascinating. Thanks a lot.

f.dadashbaki

Thank Adam. Your are such a great teacher. Saeid, Iran

saeid maleki

Thanks Adam, I loved your lesson, it’s clarified a lot for me. I got 10/10, awesome!

SergioP60

It is easier to me to chat using WhatsApp. This Page is not easy to open from my country

Alenrry 75

I created my own teaching method. It is a book named El Método Alenrry and I have many new ideas to improve english lessons

Alenrry 75

i wish i were yoou
i wish i were at home right now
i wish he were my boyfriend

i wish i would attend your party next week
i wish he would marry me in future
i wish i would know my examination mark tomorrow

i wish i had studied harder at school
i wish i had said my grandma about my love
i wish i hadn’t met him 6 months ago

katherine1157

Thanks for this lesson, now I can understand this grammar section.

maju93

I wish I were First lady of…..or I hope if God help me

Zinbe benyachou2021

thanx for all. i just get 70 points even though i am afraid of this )))

NurayAsgerova

Thanks Adam for clearing the doubts about Subjunctive verb. Your lessons are great help and easy to understand. Excellent lesson it was.

nancy61

10 correct out of 10.
:D
easy
tnx Adam

ho3n

Helpful grammar lesson. The last question was tricky for me.

Insoo Yeo

Just got 10 out of 10
thank you Adam you such a great teacher

Ismail

I got 9/10… Thanks Adam! I wish I were a good english speaker, and I’ll achieve it!

HudsonengVid

8/10! I wish my English level improved after I learn all of Adam’s lessons.

Jerry Gu

This lesson realy help me. Tks.

Jackie G

I wish I were English reader

Waleed jan2341

hey Adam, I got a test, there are ” you can’t whistle but you wish that you? ”
is it a. can whistle or b. could whistle how do we know if it’s could? is whistle is the action verb?

dinyfth

    Please Adam tell me which one is correct..…
    She acts as if everything in her life is peachy keen.OR She acts as if everything in her life be peachy keen.

    Rajib Majumdar

      “Is” is correct here. (In some American English dialects, “be” is also used, but it has a slightly different meaning—more like “is always“.)

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