Englsh Grammar

Other, , Prof. Rachna

Updated On 02 Feb, 19


Dating and relationship Vocabulary - Spoken English Lesson - Using mustn't and needn't correctly - Using the future perfect continuous tense - Ill have been working - Using the expression ought to in English ( Modal Auxiliary Verb) - The difference between in and Inside - 'Will I/we' OR 'Shall I/we' in questions (Future) - Which one is correct? - Using Each other and One Another correctly - The Past Continuous Tense (I was Sleeping) - 03 basic uses of being - Difference between 'Idle', 'Idol' & 'Ideal' - The difference between of and off - Present Perfect Continuous Tense VS Past Perfect Continuous Tense - Using Used to and would with Past actions - The Past Perfect Tense (I had gone) - Difference between - dead, death and die - Present Perfect tense (We have gone) and Simple past tense (we went) - Phrases to talk about Driving in English - Expressing Time in English - Using an with consonant abbreviations - How to use multiple adjectives in a sentence? - Using travel words in English - The difference between Lay and Lie - Talking about addictions in English - The difference between passed and past- Saying sorry and Excusing yourself in English - Describing a bad day at work - Using 'too' correctly - Making, Accepting & Declining an invitation in English - Phrasal verbs with ASK - Using Should, Could and Would have done correctly - English Phrasal Verbs - Using the word 'Thing' in different ways - How to achieve your New Year Resolutions? - How to avoid giving information? English Lesson to practice conversation - Using 'ed' and 'ing' adjectives correctly - 14 different ways to say ' I Like it ' - 07 reasons - Why your English speaking isn't improving - Spoken English tips - Difference between 'See', 'Watch' and 'Look' - The difference between the verbs 'Speak' and 'Talk' - Difference between ' I Hope ' and ' I Wish ' - Difference between ' Small ' & ' Little ' - The difference between 'Beside' and 'Besides' - Using 'Myself', Yourself, Ourselves, Themselves Correctly - Reflexive Pronouns - Difference between 'Almost', 'Almost All' and 'Most' - Using 'Also' , 'Too' & 'Either' correctly in a sentence - Using Some & Any - Using ' TO BE ' as the main verb in a sentence - Using the expression 'BUT' in different ways - Modal verbs - Can and Could - Making Suggestions and Recommendations


Lecture 40: Difference between I Hope and I Wish

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Lecture Details

Using I Hope and I Wish

The two expressions I hope and I wish are very commonly used in our daily conversations. There is a slight difference between these two expressions. In this lesson, you will learn how to use these expressions appropriately, depending on the situation.

I Hope is used when there is a good chance of something happening. It is not impossible nor hypothetical. So, there is hope for something that we wish to happen, even though chances may be less.

Example I hope this is the last mistake. (you say hope because there is a chance of improvement).
This is the present tense.

Example I hope Maria got home safely last night. (generally, we do not use hope to talk about the past, unless you do not what exactly happened, so you just hope she reached safely)

Example I hope it stops raining. (probably, its raining now and you hope it would stop after two hours. Even though you hope for a action to take place in the future, do not use will. I hope it will stop raining -- is incorrect)

I Wish is used when we talk about unreal or hypothetical things. There is no possibility of such things happening. So, there is no hope, it is just wishful thinking. The verb used in this expression is always in the past form.

Example I wish you were here with me. (though you wish it in the present, the verb were is in the past form.)

Example I wish you had told me the truth. (this is a past tense sentence. The time has gone by, you cant go back in time and know the truth. So, to express that you wish something that happened in the past, use the past perfect tense -- had told)

Example I wish he would learn English. (you wish this happens in the future. Use would followed by the verb in its present form to express something that you wish to happen in the future)



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