Do you know the difference between HOPE and WISH? (Learn here!)

HOPE and WISH

hope

*definitions and examples are from www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com

hope verbto want something to happen and think that it is possible

hope (for something

“We are hoping for good weather on Sunday.”

~ It’s possible to have good weather on Sunday and that is what we want.

“All we can do now is wait and hope.”

~ A positive outcome or result is possible and it’s what we want.

A: “Will you be back before dark?”

B: “I hope so, yes.”

~ Returning before it gets dark is possible and I would like to do that.

I hope to be back before dark
I hope I can get home before dark.

“The exam went better than I hoped.”

~ I wanted to do well on my exam, I did even better than I wanted.

A: “Do you think it will rain?”

B: “I hope not, but I brought my folding umbrella just in case.

~ I don’t want it to rain but I will bring my folding umbrella because rain is possible.

 

wish

wish verbto want something to happen or to be true even though it is unlikely or impossible

wish (that)… 

“I wish I was taller.” (I wish that I was taller.)

~ In this example we can imagine the person talking is an adult so they have stopped growing. It’s not possible to become taller.

 

“I wish I hadn’t eaten so much.”

~ In this example wish + not done something shows regret. We regret a past action. It’s impossible to go back in time and not do an action.

Ohhh… Why did I eat so much…

A: “Where is Jim now?’”

B: “I only wish I knew!”

~ I want to know where Jim is but I don’t.

“I wish you wouldn’t leave your clothes all over the floor.”

~ In this example we can imagine a mother talking to her son. It’s unlikely that he will change his habit of being messy, even though she wants him to.

I wish you wouldn't leave your clothes all over the floor
I wish you’d (you would) clean up your room!

Fill out the form below to subscribe to my English Newsletter and get your FREE copy of my e-book – 5 Simple English Communication Tips

Check out these other great blog posts!

Leave a Reply