Unreal Past Game
Lesson Plan Text
Unreal Past Guess the wish
Explain situations you might say or think one of the things below until your partner
guesses (exactly) the sentence you are thinking of. Give them other hints if they get stuck.
I wish people were nicer.
I wish I had longer arms
I wish I had a car.
I wish I had read the reviews first
I wish I hadn't eaten that
I wish I hadn’t drunk so much
I wish I hadn’t sat on that
I wish I was in another country
I wish I had more friends
I wish I had more money
I wish I didn’t have such a big nose
I wish I wasn’t so careless
I wish I lived closer to the city centre
I wish I could speak French
I wish I had listened to my mother
I wish I could fly.
I wish I was stronger
I wish I had studied harder
I wish I was asleep in bed
I wish I was taller
I wish I had an umbrella
I wish I could read people’s minds
I wish I had a gun
I wish I had my own room/ flat
I wish I had been born a girl/ boy
Match these to the situations above.
I’m hitchhiking/ I’m carrying lots of shopping
I’m in a dirty hotel room with a spring poking out of the mattress/ I’m feeling bored in a
movie/ I’m the only adult in a cinema full of kids
I have paint on the back of my trousers/ My bottom is cold
It’s raining/ The sky is grey
I’m alone at a pub table/ I’m alone with a birthday cake
I have holes in my trousers/ I’m looking at a holiday brochure/ I’m looking in a shop
window/ I’m looking at my credit card bill
I’m at a boring party/ I’m waiting for the night bus.
I don’t know what my boss thinks about my performance/ I don’t know if my boyfriend/
girlfriend loves me/ I think my wife/ husband in cheating on me.
What other similar “I wish/ If only” sentences might you think or say in the situations
Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011