我們應該如何用 "wish" 來表達願望呢？
I wish I have a lot of money.
I wish I know the answer.
I wish I have a happy family.
I wish I had a lot of money.
I wish I knew the answer.
I wish I had a happy family.
你可能會問，為什麼 "wish" 之後的動詞會用過去式呢？難道這些希望都是過去的希望？絕對不是！上面三句話都是表達現在的願望。
請注意，跟 type 2 conditional sentences 一樣，這裡 "wish" 之後的過去式動詞屬於 unreal past（或叫作 past subjunctive)。We use the past tense, even though we're talking about the present.
我們用這種句子結構 (wish + subject + past subjunctive) 去表達「對現狀的遺憾」(present regrets)。
I wish I knew her phone number. (相當於 I'm sorry I don't know her phone number.)
I wish I lived closer to my office. (相當於 I want to live closer to my office. I'm sorry I don't live close to it.)
I wish I were smart. (相當於 I'm not smart, but I want to be.)
They wish they were healthier. (相當於 They're sorry that they're not healthy.)