I wish I was living in a bigger house

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Aya_N, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Aya_N Senior Member

    Mallorca
    Spain, Spanish
    Hi everyone,

    When learning how to use "wish", typically grammar books include three structures:
    - past simple: I wish I lived there.
    - past perfect: I wish I had lived there.
    - would: I wish you would stop making that noise.

    But now I'm wondering if we could use the past continuous: "I wish I was living there", "I wish I was swimming", etc.
     
  2. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    "I wish I lived there." is a sentence about now. "Lived" is a conditional present, not a past tense.

    "I wish I was living there" is also about now. "Was" is a conditional present continuous, not a past continuous.

    But yes, both of these are commonly used.
     
  3. Aya_N Senior Member

    Mallorca
    Spain, Spanish
    Yes, when I said "past simple" and "past continuous" I meant grammatically, not the meaning :)

    Thank you! I had no idea you could also use the continuous form after wish!
     
  4. WyomingSue

    WyomingSue Senior Member

    Cheyenne, WY
    English--USA
    Except that you would use the subjunctive: I wish I were there, I wish I were swimming ...
     
  5. velisarius

    velisarius Senior Member

    Greece
    British English (Sussex)
    Except that if you're British you might not.:D
     
  6. andrewg927 Senior Member

    Denver CO
    English - American
    I might hear older Americans say that but I would say "I wish I was there".
     
  7. WyomingSue

    WyomingSue Senior Member

    Cheyenne, WY
    English--USA
    Aaaauugh!
     

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