Wish for the present

You will study how to express wishes for unlikely or impossible changes in present situation.


Wish for the present


Coat of arms of Tanzania. Creative Commons.

Instructions: Read the text. Look at the word in bold.

I wish I knew sombebody from Tanzania to know more about the geography of the country.

Our Biology teacher comes from Tanzania, a country in Eastern Africa, which borders Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and the Indian Ocean to the east. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in north-eastern Tanzania. Tanzania is mountainous and densely forested in the north-east, where Mount Kilimanjaro is located. Three of Africa’s Great Lakes are partly within Tanzania. To the north and west lie Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, and Lake Tanganyka, the continent’s deepest lake, known for its unique species of fish. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the Zanzibar Archipelag just offshore. The Kalambo waterfalls in the southwestern region of Rukwa are the second highest uninterrupted falls in Africa and are located near the south-eastern shore of Lake Tanganyka on the border with Zambia. The Menai Bay Conservation Area is Zanzibar’s largest marine protected area.

Tanzania. Retrieved and adapted July, 2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania

Getting started: Tourism

Instructions: Read the text to do the activity suggested.

Travel and tourism contributed 17.5% percent of Tanzania’s gross domestic product in 2016 and employed 11% of the country’s labour force, near 1,189,300 jobs in 2013. Overall receipts rose from US $1.74 billion in 2004 to US$4.48 billion in 2013, and receipts from international tourists rose from US$1.255 billion in 2010 to US$2 billion in 2016. The same year (2016) 1,284,279 tourists arrived at Tanzania’s borders compared to 590,000 in 2005. The vast majority of tourists visit Zanzibar or a “northern circuit” of Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro. In 2013, the most visited national park was Serengeti, with 452,485 tourists.

Prehistoric people in Tanzania

Instructions: Choose T (true) or F (false) for the following statements.

Tanzanians wish tourism were as profitable as farming

Tanzania’s government whishes science and construction industry were as succesful as tourism.

Lake Manyara National Park employees wish their park were as popular as Serengeti National Park.

Tourists in Tanzania wish they could visit Zanzibar in the first place.

Most Tanzania’s tourists wish they didn’t have to go Mount Kilimanjaro

Let’s learn about using Wish for the present.

Instructions: Read about Wish for the present.

  • We use Wish to say that we would like a situation to be different.
  • We use past tense forms to talk about wishes for the present:
    • I wish I lived in Tanzania.
    • Michael wishes he wasn’t in Tanganyka.
  • To make wishes about activities happening now we use Wish + Past Continuous:
    • I wish we were sailing instead of flying to Tanzania.
    • My family wishes we were travelling by first class.
  • To make wishes about obligations we use wish + didn’t have.
    • I wish we didn’t have to go by plane.



Being in Tanzania

Instructions: Complete the sentences with Wish and the correct form of the verb in parenthesis.

  1. I we (be) in Tanganyka.
  2. I I (climb) Mount Kilimanjaro.
  3. I my family (travel) with me.
  4. I all of us (fly) to Tanzania.
  5. I this (not be) a dream.
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I wish…

Instructions: Unscramble words to make logical positive sentences with Wish.

I wishwere sailingmy best friendin Lake Victoriaand I
we wereI wishalso fishing
the weatherfor uswere niceI wish
he a lot ofwishofIwere takingKalambo water fallsphotographs
wishwe wereMenai Bay Conservation AreaIvisiting


Correct the mistakes

Instructions: Correct the mistakes in the following sentences.

  1. I wish Tanzania were not so far away. .
  2. I wish it takes a few hours to get there..
  3. I wish people there wasn't so poor..
  4. I wish its largest city weren’t so crowded.
  5. I wish politics in Tanzania was better. .
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