September 11, 2009
I wish I had known_
how eating could be such a big problem.
how to manage time and money.
how to manage the enormous amount of freedom.
how to organize all the imposed independence.
how to balance my social life with my schoolwork.
how to handle the lack of privacy in the dorm.
how to motivate myself into getting up in the morning to go to boring lectures.
how to read certain texts without falling asleep.
how much work I would be expected to do.
how much alcohol people would consume.
how much I would miss my old friends.
how much I would sometimes miss home.
how much more time I could spend hanging out on the Internet.
how easy it could be to skip classes.
how costly and time-consuming it could be to have a girlfriend/boyfriend.
how so quickly the semesters could go.
The verb wish is often used to express impossibility or improbability.
A. Present and future wishes are expressed by using simple past forms of verbs.
Present wish: I wish I were with you now.
(I am not with you now.)
Future wish: I wish you would reconsider giving me a loan.
(You will not give me a loan.)
B. Past wishes are expressed by using past perfect forms of verbs.
Past wish: I wish I had not made that phone call.
(I made that phone call.)