Past tenses with present meaning

After some expressions we use a past tense to refer to the present or future.

After I wish, we usually use a past tense. Note the use of were instead of was.

  • I wish my brother were here. OR I wish my brother was here. (NOT I wish my brother is here.)
  • I wish I looked better.
  • I wish I had more money.

In clauses after it’s time, we use a past tense.

  • It’s time she went to bed. OR It is time for her to go to bed. (NOT It is time she goes to bed.)

Would rather is followed by a past tense.

  • I would rather you went home now. (NOT I would rather you go home now.)

Related posts:

  1. How to use tenses correctly in your IELTS essays and letters?
  2. Passive verb forms
  3. If-clauses
  4. Verbs not used in the passive
  5. IELTS writing tips: sentence connectors
  6. Suggest to or suggest that
  7. IELTS Essay: Kids today are not as fit as they were in the past
  8. IELTS Vocabulary List
  9. IELTS essays: common grammar mistakes to avoid
  10. Whose and who’s

Manjusha Nambiar

Hi, I'm Manjusha. This is my blog where I give IELTS preparation tips.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *