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Understanding Grammar: Wishes

Understanding Grammar: Wishes

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack, Rich and Rowan talk about wishes. In the roleplay, two footballers and their coach find a magical trophy and are given three wishes each. What will they wish for? The language focus is on wishes in the past, present and the future. In this week's task, you are given the chance to make three wishes but will your wishes be granted? Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.

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Understanding Grammar: Wishes
Introduction

Jack: Hello my name’s Jack

Rowan: My name’s Rowan

Rich: and I’m Rich and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast

Jack: In the Premier Skills English podcast, we talk about football and help you with your English. 

Rich: We’d like to welcome back Rowan who is joining us again this week. Hi Rowan.

Rowan: Hi Rich. Hi Jack. Hi everyone who is listening.  It’s very good to be back again this week.

Jack: In this week’s roleplay, we’re going to be talking about wishes. 

Rich: I wish I could fly. I wish I had worked harder at school. I wish I weren’t so busy. 

Rowan: I wonder what footballers would wish for? Well, in the roleplay this week we’re going to listen to some footballers who find a magical football trophy and get to make three wishes each. 

Jack: Wow! Some real footballers?

Rich: Don’t be silly, Jack! It’s going to be me, you and Rowan pretending to be footballers. It should be funny!

Rowan: Yes, it should be. I’ve seen you kick a football. After the roleplay, we’re going to focus on the language of wishes. 

Jack: How do we wish for something that is impossible or unlikely to happen? Or how do we express a wish to change something that happened in the past?

Rich: Your task this week is to imagine that you have three wishes and you will use one wish to change the past, one wish to change the present and one wish to change the future.

Rowan: If you’re listening to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcast platform, you should also check out our website.

Jack: That’s because on the Premier Skills English website you’ll also find the transcript, examples and activities to help you understand the language, a task for you to do and a community of friendly listeners to interact with, in our comments section.

Rich: And that includes us - we’re always around to answer questions and join the discussions.

Rowan: A lot to get through today! Before we get into all that we need to look back at last week’s football phrase.

Last week’s Football Phrase 

Jack: If you didn’t hear our football phrase last week we’re going to give you one more chance to guess now. 

Rowan: Last week’s football phrase was to ***** ** *** *****. It is an idiom that means to give up or give in - to stop playing because you don't think you can win or you've had enough. It’s more common to use it in the negative in football - don’t ***** ** *** ***** - never give up. The phrase comes from boxing, I think.

Rich: We’ll give you the correct answer at the end of the show when we give you a new football phrase. 

Jack: The first listener to get it right last week was Marco Zapien from Mexico. Congratulations Marco - it’s the second week in a row you’ve been first - good job.

Rowan: A big well done to Nicolas from Colombia who got the correct answer for the first time last week. Also, well done to Elghoul from Algeria, Luibomyr and Sabanoleg from Ukraine, and W.santa from Argentina who also got it right. Commiserations to Hayato from Japan and Lakerwang from China who very nearly got the right answer.

Rich: Remember we’ll have a new football phrase for you to guess at the end of the show.

Introduction to Roleplay

Jack: In this section, you’re going to hear a roleplay. You’re going to hear the end of a training session between a couple of players and a coach.

Rowan: While you are listening, we want you to answer a couple of questions:

Rich: What do the players wish for?

Jack: What does the manager wish for?

Roleplay

Rowan: Come on guys! I want you to hit the target! It’s that big white thing over there. The thing with the posts and the net.

Rich: Ten more? 

Rowan: If you hadn’t missed that open goal on Saturday, we wouldn’t be here now for extra shooting practice after everyone’s gone home.

Jack: I wish I hadn’t missed that chance in the first half.

Rowan: What was that?

Jack: I was just saying that I wish I hadn’t missed …

Rowan: We all wish that! Three points dropped. I wish that, you wish that, and the fans wish that. Come on! Hit it. Top bins!

Rowan: Oh my life! Not even close. We’ve run out of balls. You’re gonna have to go into the stands and get them. Go on!

Rich: This is all a bit much, isn’t it? Who does she think she is? Alex Ferguson?

Jack: I’m starting to wish I’d never joined this club.

Rich: Where are those balls? They’ve probably gone under the seats here. Hold on! What’s this? A bag.

Jack: What’s in it?

Rich: Don’t know. It’s heavy. Probably a brick. Let’s have a look. Cool. A trophy.

Jack: Pass it here. Oh, it’s really old. It could be worth something.

Rich: What does it say on it?

Rowan: Come on you two! What’s keeping you?

Rich: We’ve found this - it’s a trophy, coach.

Rowan: Not something you’ll win unless you get back to practice. Let’s have a look at this. What does it say here? Mystical Cup? What’s that? Let me clean this dirt off.

Rich/Rowan/Jack: Wooah!!

Genie: I am the genie of the Mystical Cup and I grant you three wishes.

Rich: Three wishes? Is that one each?

Genie: I am the genie of the Mystical Cup and I grant you three wishes.

Jack: Let’s go with three each. He looks a bit like Alex Ferguson, doesn’t he?

Rich: Right, I’ll go first. What could I wish for? I wish I could have a new car. No, I know. ‘Genie! I’d like the best left foot in world football’.

Genie: Your wish is granted.

Jack: How do we know it’s worked? 

Rowan: Give him a ball. Here. Let’s see you hit it in the corner.

Rich: Top bins!! Premier League, here we come! OK, genie. I’m going to go for that car now. ‘Genie. I wish I had a brand new Aston Martin sports car’.

Genie: Your wish is granted.

Jack: Look! It’s over there in the car park.

Rich: One more wish for me. OK, I think I need a holiday. How about a long beach holiday in Mauritius. ‘Genie! I want to be on holiday’.

Genie: Your wish is granted.

Rowan: Where did he go?

Jack: Mauritius I imagine. Right, I’ve been thinking about this and I’d be over the moon if I got the chance to play for England.

Genie: Your wish is granted.

Rowan: How’s that work? (mobile ringing) Yes. Oh, hello. Yes, he’s here. Yes … It’s for you. It’s er … Gareth Southgate - the England manager.

Jack: Hello … yes … brilliant … looking forward to it. I’ve made the England squad.

Rowan: You’d better wish for a bit more talent!

Jack: Genie! I wish for the best right foot in world football.

Genie: Your wish is granted.

Rowan: Here you go. 

Jack: Look at that! Top corner! Right, time for my last wish. World peace, the end of world hunger … I’ll leave those to you coach. ‘Genie I wish to be on a beach in the Caribbean.’

Genie: Your wish is granted.

Rowan: Just me left. ‘OK, genie, let’s start with world peace’ I wish for everyone to be happy.’

Genie: Your wish is granted.

Rowan: And I wish for no one to be hungry.

Genie: Your wish is granted.

Rowan: One wish left for me. What’s my greatest ever wish. Well, it’s to take this little team all the way to the Premier League. Mmm … how can I do that?

Rowan: ‘Genie! I want those two back on the training pitch after lunch!’

Language Focus

Rich: Before the roleplay, we asked you two questions.

Jack: The first question was: What did the players wish for?

Rowan: Well, the first player wished to be good at football, wished for a new sports car and a fantastic holiday. The second player wished for an England cap, wished to be good at football and another fantastic holiday.

Rich: The second question was: What did the manager wish for?

Jack: She wished for world peace, to end world hunger and to take her small village football team all the way to the Premier League.

Rowan: In the roleplay, we spoke a lot about wishes. Let’s look at some of the language we use to make wishes and to speak about wishes.


Rich: Let’s start by talking about wishes for the present. When the genie appeared, the footballers wished for some very specific things.

Jack: One of the footballers wished for a car and they both wished for a holiday.

Rich: Wish for is a phrasal verb. When I was a boy I’d always wish for a new bicycle but I usually got books.

Rowan: So, when you really really want something to happen you wish for it to happen. 

Jack: In the roleplay, we were speaking to a genie and our wishes could come true so you heard sentences like ‘I wish to be on a beach in the Caribbean’ 

Rich: The genie was able to grant our wishes - to make them come true. Normally, this won’t happen so we use the past tense to talk about things in the present we would like to change or wish were different

Rowan: I wish I was on a beach in the Caribbean. He wishes he was better at football. 

Jack: When we use I, he, she or it we can use was or were. We can say I wish I were on a beach in the Caribbean. He wishes he were better at football.

Rich: We often use if only to mean the same as wish.  I wish I wasn’t so busy. If only I wasn’t so busy. I wish I weren’t so busy. If only I weren’t so busy.

Rowan: Of course, we don’t only use the verb to be when we are speaking about wishes. One of the footballers said:  I wish I had a new car.

Jack: Other examples could be: I wish I lived somewhere hot. I wish my football team played better football. If only I worked closer to home.

Rich: Another common way to make a wish is to use could. I wish I could fly. I wish I could see my friends. I wish I could play in the Premier League.


Rowan: We’ve been looking at wishes to change things now - to change things in the present but we also sometimes wish we could change things in the past.

Jack: In the roleplay, you heard one of the footballers saying I wish I hadn’t missed that chance in the first half and I’m starting to wish I’d never joined this club.

Rich: When we are talking about a wish in the past we use the past perfect. The footballer missed the chance last Saturday and wishes he hadn’t missed it now. He wishes he hadn’t missed that chance.

Jack: We’re speaking about changing something that has already happened. Here are some other examples:

Rowan: I wish I had studied more at school. I bet they wish they hadn’t gone out in the rain. They’re soaking wet.

Rich: We can also use if only to talk about past wishes:

Jack: If only I had gone to bed earlier last night. I’m so tired.


Rowan: Finally, let’s look at how we talk about wishes in the future. We use could and would to talk about wishes in the future. 

Rich: We can say things like: I wish I could go on holiday next week or I bet he wishes he could change clubs. He’s always on the bench.

Jack: Or we can use would: I wish she would try harder in class or I wish this horrible weather would go away.

Rowan: OK, so there are some examples of how we speak about wishes in the past, present and future.

Rich: We have more examples and activities for you to look at on the Premier Skills English website. Just look for this lesson on the homepage or in the listen section. It’s called Understanding Grammar: Wishes.

Task

Jack: In this week’s task, we are going to give you three wishes. 

Rowan: Where’s the genie?

Genie: I am the genie of the cup and I grant you three wishes.

Rich: That’s better. So, you have three wishes. We want you to write your wishes in the comments section at the bottom of the page on the Premier Skills English website.

Jack: We want you to write about one wish connected to the past, one wish connected to the present and one wish connected to the future.

Rowan: Think about the grammar you should use. Listen to the language focus section again if you’re not sure or take a look on the lesson page.

Rich: If you write your wish correctly... 

Genie: your wish is granted.

Football Phrase 

Rowan: Who’s got this week’s football phrase. I did it last week.

Rich: I’ve got it. Here we go. This week’s football phrase is ****** ****** *****. I’m hearing and seeing this phrase all the time at the moment. The phrase is used to describe a match that is played without any fans. The stadium is not open. The match is played ****** ****** *****. 

Jack: Is that it? Short and sweet. Let’s see who can get it right? Before we leave you we also need to tell you last week’s football phrase. The answer was to throw in the towel.

Rowan: Right, that’s all we have time for this week! Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below. If you get it right, we’ll announce your name on next week’s show. 

Rich: If you have any questions or comments or suggestions for the podcast or anything football or English related, you can leave them on the website in the comments section, on social media, on apple podcasts or you can email us at premierskills@britishcouncil.org.
 
Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

Here is the vocabulary you saw at the top of this page and how Rich and Jack used it in the roleplay. Do you know the words in bold?

I want you to hit the target! You can see it. It’s that big white thing over there. The thing with the posts and the net.

Come on! Hit it. Top bins!

I am the genie of the Mystical Cup and I grant you three wishes.

I’d be over the moon if I got the chance to play for England.

I wish for no one to be hungry.

Listen to the roleplay again to hear how Rich and Jack used these words and phrases.

Top bins! What do you think this football phrase means?

Language

Wishes in the present

We use wish + past simple or past continuous to talk about wishes for the present. Take a look at these examples from the podcast:

I wish I was on a beach in the Caribbean.

I wish I had a sports car.

I wish we were playing at Wembley Stadium.

We can also use if only + past simple or past continuous to talk about wishes for the present. Take a look at how the sentences change. The meaning is the same but if only is usually a little stronger.

If only I was on a beach in the Caribbean.

If only I had a sports car.

If only we were playing at Wembley Stadium.

When we use the verb to be we can follow wish and if only with were or was. Look at this sentence. How has it changed?

If only I were on a beach in the Caribbean.

Would you wish for a car like this?

Language

Wishes in the past

We use wish + past perfect to talk about wishes for the past. Take a look at these examples from the podcast:

I wish I hadn’t missed that chance.

I wish I had studied more at school.

I bet they wish they hadn’t gone out in the rain. They’re soaking wet.

We can also use if only instead of wish when we talk about past wishes.

Do you wish you could play for your national team?

Language

Wishes in the future

We use wish + could or wish + would to talk about wishes for the future. Take a look at these examples from the podcast:

I wish I could go on holiday next week.

I bet he wishes he could change clubs. He’s always on the bench.

I wish she would try harder in class.

I wish this horrible weather would go away.

We can also use if only instead of wish when we talk about future wishes.

Do you wish you could go on holiday to a place like this?

Activity 2

Activity 2: In this activity, complete the sentences with words that you heard in the roleplay.
Do you know the missing word?

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Task

Make three wishes

I wonder where we got the idea for this week's podcast?

In this week's podcast, Jack, Rich and Rowan spoke about wishes and in the roleplay two footballers and their coach were given three wishes. We want you to make three wishes: 

  • Wish 1: This wish should be in the past. Something you wish had happened differently in the world or your life.
  • Wish 2: This wish should be about the present. Something you would like to change now.
  • Wish 3: This wish should be about the future. Something you would like to be different or done differently in the future.

Think about the grammar you should use. Listen to the language focus section again if you’re not sure or take a look on the lesson page. If you write your wish correctly, your wish will be granted by the Premier Skills English genie!

Write all your answers in the comments section below and don't forget to make a guess at this week's football phrase!

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hsn's picture
hsn
28/09/2020
TR
1219
points

Wish 1-
I wish I had worked math so hard at school.Now I need more knowledge of the math because of my job. I wish I had learned a second language.If only I had learned and played tennis.
Wish 2-
I wish I was swimming in the sea in Antalya (A city in the south of Turkey). If only I was in a theatre as an audience.I wish I was a tourist who visiting Japan .
Wish 3-
I wish I could end poverty up in the world.If only I would built schools for underdeveloped country.I wish I could get all the people who live in the occupied countries to be free.


hsn's picture
hsn
28/09/2020 18:35
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
1219

Wish 1-
I wish I had worked math so hard at school.Now I need more knowledge of the math because of my job. I wish I had learned a second language.If only I had learned and played tennis.
Wish 2-
I wish I was swimming in the sea in Antalya (A city in the south of Turkey). If only I was in a theatre as an audience.I wish I was a tourist who visiting Japan .
Wish 3-
I wish I could end poverty up in the world.If only I would built schools for underdeveloped country.I wish I could get all the people who live in the occupied countries to be free.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
16/06/2020
TR
5191
points

This week's football phrase is ( behind closed doors )


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
16/06/2020 21:00
Turkey
Manchester United
5191

This week's football phrase is ( behind closed doors )

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
16/06/2020
TR
5191
points

Wish 1 : I wish I had played for Manchester United since I was a kid.

Wish 2 : I wish I were on the beach with my friends at present.

Wish 3 : I wish I could travel and live in the UK in the future.


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mobeckham
16/06/2020 20:57
Turkey
Manchester United
5191

Wish 1 : I wish I had played for Manchester United since I was a kid.

Wish 2 : I wish I were on the beach with my friends at present.

Wish 3 : I wish I could travel and live in the UK in the future.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
16/06/2020
TR
5191
points

Wish 1 :
I wish I had played for Manchester United when I was young.
If only I had practiced more sports.

Wish 2 :
I wish the coronavirus weren't existed in this world.
If only I applied to a good university at the moment.

Wish 3 :
I wish I would travel and live in the UK.
I wish I could spend my Summer holiday at the Maldives.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
16/06/2020 18:30
Turkey
Manchester United
5191

Wish 1 :
I wish I had played for Manchester United when I was young.
If only I had practiced more sports.

Wish 2 :
I wish the coronavirus weren't existed in this world.
If only I applied to a good university at the moment.

Wish 3 :
I wish I would travel and live in the UK.
I wish I could spend my Summer holiday at the Maldives.

coreuser
12/06/2020
JO
226
points

Past wish:
I whish I had enrolled in postgraduates studies during my first job.

Present wish:
I wish I were in UK doing my postgraduates studies now.

Future wish:
I wish I could leave my job and pursue my master program in UK.

Second Future wish if genie allows:
I wish the world could get over the novel virus and to restore our normal life.


coreuser
12/06/2020 19:35
Jordan
Manchester City
226

Past wish:
I whish I had enrolled in postgraduates studies during my first job.

Present wish:
I wish I were in UK doing my postgraduates studies now.

Future wish:
I wish I could leave my job and pursue my master program in UK.

Second Future wish if genie allows:
I wish the world could get over the novel virus and to restore our normal life.

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Grammar Genie
12/06/2020
GB
1
points

Dear Coreuser

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect.

Your wishes are granted!


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Grammar Genie
12/06/2020 21:32
United Kingdom
Sheffield United
1

Dear Coreuser

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect.

Your wishes are granted!

Kinsley's picture
Kinsley
26/05/2020
RU
47
points

Please have a look at my wishes:
1) if only I hadn't left my school football team.
2) I wish I was watching English Premier League match day.
3) I wish I would visit Liverpool home stadium.


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Kinsley
26/05/2020 20:35
Russia
Liverpool
47

Please have a look at my wishes:
1) if only I hadn't left my school football team.
2) I wish I was watching English Premier League match day.
3) I wish I would visit Liverpool home stadium.

admin's picture
admin
26/05/2020
GB
344
points

Hi Kinsley

The Grammar Genie isn't around at the moment, but he'll be back soon! 

Thanks

Jack


admin's picture
admin
26/05/2020 20:45
United Kingdom
Arsenal
344

Hi Kinsley

The Grammar Genie isn't around at the moment, but he'll be back soon! 

Thanks

Jack

Vic
15/05/2020
MX
260
points

The phrse is throw the towel


Vic
15/05/2020 23:45
Mexico
Liverpool
260

The phrse is throw the towel

lakerwang
14/05/2020
CN
337
points

The football phrase is "****** ****** *****".


lakerwang
14/05/2020 18:05
China
Chelsea
337

The football phrase is "****** ****** *****".

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Tristan
13/05/2020
MX
18
points

Hi, these are my wishes :)

1. I wish Premier League hadn't stopped.
2. I wish I got a new cell phone.
3. I wish I could go someday to a Premier League Match in Stamford Bridge.


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Tristan
13/05/2020 06:47
Mexico
Chelsea
18

Hi, these are my wishes :)

1. I wish Premier League hadn't stopped.
2. I wish I got a new cell phone.
3. I wish I could go someday to a Premier League Match in Stamford Bridge.

Grammar Genie's picture
Grammar Genie
14/05/2020
GB
1
points

Dear Tristan

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect. Although, as I am a British Genie, I would normally say I wish I had a new mobile phone.

Your wishes are granted!


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Grammar Genie
14/05/2020 20:26
United Kingdom
Sheffield United
1

Dear Tristan

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect. Although, as I am a British Genie, I would normally say I wish I had a new mobile phone.

Your wishes are granted!

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ldzingirai
13/05/2020
ZW
1733
points

Here are my wishes.

I wish I could play for Chelsea.

I wish Chelsea had not drawn 2-2 with the Blades. We could have been in second position by now.

I wish the covid-19 ended so we could enjoy football again.


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ldzingirai
13/05/2020 05:58
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1733

Here are my wishes.

I wish I could play for Chelsea.

I wish Chelsea had not drawn 2-2 with the Blades. We could have been in second position by now.

I wish the covid-19 ended so we could enjoy football again.

Grammar Genie's picture
Grammar Genie
14/05/2020
GB
1
points

Dear Idzingirai,

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. As Premier Skills' resident Grammar Genie I would like to say that I am happy with your wishes but you may want to use wish + would for you future wish. I wish COVID-19 would end so we can watch the football again. I will grant you wishes 1 and 3 but I'm afraid this genie is a Sheffield United fan so wish 2 will not be granted!


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Grammar Genie
14/05/2020 20:35
United Kingdom
Sheffield United
1

Dear Idzingirai,

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. As Premier Skills' resident Grammar Genie I would like to say that I am happy with your wishes but you may want to use wish + would for you future wish. I wish COVID-19 would end so we can watch the football again. I will grant you wishes 1 and 3 but I'm afraid this genie is a Sheffield United fan so wish 2 will not be granted!

ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
13/05/2020
ZW
1733
points

The phrase is ****** ****** *****.


ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
13/05/2020 05:49
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1733

The phrase is ****** ****** *****.

MohamedKuna
11/05/2020
SD
14
points

This week football phrase is ****** ****** *****


MohamedKuna
11/05/2020 15:50
Sudan
Liverpool
14

This week football phrase is ****** ****** *****

Fabio7010
11/05/2020
IT
50
points

Hi everyone,

The week’s football phrase is: ****** ****** *****.

My three wishes are:

1) I wish I could have a nice holiday next summer.

2) I wish I had a new bike.

2) I wish I had been in the stands of match Italy-Brazil 3-2 of football World Cup 1982 in Spain.


Fabio7010
11/05/2020 01:19
Italy
Aston Villa
50

Hi everyone,

The week’s football phrase is: ****** ****** *****.

My three wishes are:

1) I wish I could have a nice holiday next summer.

2) I wish I had a new bike.

2) I wish I had been in the stands of match Italy-Brazil 3-2 of football World Cup 1982 in Spain.

Grammar Genie's picture
Grammar Genie
11/05/2020
GB
1
points

Dear Fabio

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect.

Your wishes are granted!


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Grammar Genie
11/05/2020 08:04
United Kingdom
Sheffield United
1

Dear Fabio

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect.

Your wishes are granted!

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elghoul
10/05/2020
DZ
3793
points

1. I wish I hadn't missed the penalty kick.

2. I wish I were in safer times.

3. I wish I could go swimming in this sunny day.

 

Football phrase, ****** ****** *****.


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elghoul
10/05/2020 16:42
Algeria
Manchester City
3793

1. I wish I hadn't missed the penalty kick.

2. I wish I were in safer times.

3. I wish I could go swimming in this sunny day.

 

Football phrase, ****** ****** *****.

Grammar Genie's picture
Grammar Genie
11/05/2020
GB
1
points

Dear Elghoul

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect.

Your wishes are granted!


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Grammar Genie
11/05/2020 08:06
United Kingdom
Sheffield United
1

Dear Elghoul

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect.

Your wishes are granted!

Anet's picture
Anet
10/05/2020
MM
285
points

The phrase is ****** ****** *****.


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Anet
10/05/2020 10:28
Myanmar
Arsenal
285

The phrase is ****** ****** *****.

Anet's picture
Anet
10/05/2020
MM
285
points

I wish I had practised more about football.
I wish I was watching EPL.
I wish I could buy the latest MacBook pro.


Anet's picture
Anet
10/05/2020 10:24
Myanmar
Arsenal
285

I wish I had practised more about football.
I wish I was watching EPL.
I wish I could buy the latest MacBook pro.

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Grammar Genie
10/05/2020
GB
1
points

Dear Anet

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect. We can use the past continuous as well as the past simple for present wishes.

Your wishes are granted!


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Grammar Genie
10/05/2020 12:06
United Kingdom
Sheffield United
1

Dear Anet

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect. We can use the past continuous as well as the past simple for present wishes.

Your wishes are granted!

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Johan®7
09/05/2020
CO
65
points

Hi everyone!
Nice to hear you Rowan.
This week's football phrase is "****** ****** *****"

-I wish Colombia hadn't lost against England in the last FIFA World Cup.
-I wish I had a house in a warm place.
-I wish I could have lots of money.


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Johan®7
09/05/2020 20:30
Colombia
Arsenal
65

Hi everyone!
Nice to hear you Rowan.
This week's football phrase is "****** ****** *****"

-I wish Colombia hadn't lost against England in the last FIFA World Cup.
-I wish I had a house in a warm place.
-I wish I could have lots of money.

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Grammar Genie
09/05/2020
GB
1
points

Dear Johan

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect.

Your wishes are granted!


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Grammar Genie
09/05/2020 22:12
United Kingdom
Sheffield United
1

Dear Johan

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect.

Your wishes are granted!

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wsanta
09/05/2020
AR
4491
points

Wish 1: I wish I had learned to swim when I was a child.
Wish 2: I wish I was fishing right now.
Wish 3: I wish this horrible pandemic would disappear forever.


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wsanta
09/05/2020 05:24
Argentina
Leeds United
4491

Wish 1: I wish I had learned to swim when I was a child.
Wish 2: I wish I was fishing right now.
Wish 3: I wish this horrible pandemic would disappear forever.

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Grammar Genie
09/05/2020
GB
1
points

Dear W.Santa

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect.

Your wishes are granted!


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Grammar Genie
09/05/2020 14:58
United Kingdom
Sheffield United
1

Dear W.Santa

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. Your wishes have been checked by the Premier Skills Grammar Genie and they are perfect.

Your wishes are granted!

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Liubomyr
08/05/2020
UA
4053
points

I think that the phrase is '****** ****** *****'.


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Liubomyr
08/05/2020 16:03
Ukraine
Watford
4053

I think that the phrase is '****** ****** *****'.

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admin
08/05/2020
GB
344
points

Well done Liubomyr - first this week!


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admin
08/05/2020 21:04
United Kingdom
Arsenal
344

Well done Liubomyr - first this week!

hayato
08/05/2020
JP
187
points

I think the phrase is ****** ****** *****


hayato
08/05/2020 15:53
Japan
Everton
187

I think the phrase is ****** ****** *****

Marco Zapien's picture
Marco Zapien
08/05/2020
MX
38
points

I wish I hadn´t drop out of college a couple a years ago, I had to apply in other university and everything turn out well but I lost time.
I wish I could go out, and for the future I wish to study a master degree in international economics on an English speaking country.


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Marco Zapien
08/05/2020 15:36
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
38

I wish I hadn´t drop out of college a couple a years ago, I had to apply in other university and everything turn out well but I lost time.
I wish I could go out, and for the future I wish to study a master degree in international economics on an English speaking country.

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Grammar Genie
08/05/2020
GB
1
points

Dear Marco,

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. As Premier Skills' resident Grammar Genie I would like to say that I am happy with your wishes but please don't forget to make sure you are using the third form of the verb when you use the past perfect (dropped not drop).
Your wishes are granted!


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Grammar Genie
08/05/2020 22:43
United Kingdom
Sheffield United
1

Dear Marco,

Thank you for your past, present and future wishes. As Premier Skills' resident Grammar Genie I would like to say that I am happy with your wishes but please don't forget to make sure you are using the third form of the verb when you use the past perfect (dropped not drop).
Your wishes are granted!

Marco Zapien's picture
Marco Zapien
10/05/2020
MX
38
points

Thanks a lot! for the feedback


Marco Zapien's picture
Marco Zapien
10/05/2020 17:55
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
38

Thanks a lot! for the feedback

wsanta's picture
wsanta
08/05/2020
AR
4491
points

The football phrase could be "****** ****** *****"


wsanta's picture
wsanta
08/05/2020 15:27
Argentina
Leeds United
4491

The football phrase could be "****** ****** *****"

Marco Zapien's picture
Marco Zapien
08/05/2020
MX
38
points

****** ****** ***** is the answer.


Marco Zapien's picture
Marco Zapien
08/05/2020 15:24
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
38

****** ****** ***** is the answer.

Nicolasm27's picture
Nicolasm27
08/05/2020
CO
27
points

It was so good to hear my name on the podcast! Thank you. Based on a recent episode I'd say this week's phrase is ****** ****** *****. I hope it is...


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Nicolasm27
08/05/2020 14:29
Colombia
Liverpool
27

It was so good to hear my name on the podcast! Thank you. Based on a recent episode I'd say this week's phrase is ****** ****** *****. I hope it is...

admin's picture
admin
08/05/2020
GB
344
points

Thanks for joining in! It's great to see new faces in the comments.


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admin
08/05/2020 21:05
United Kingdom
Arsenal
344

Thanks for joining in! It's great to see new faces in the comments.

sabanoleg
08/05/2020
UA
2121
points

I think the phrase is "****** ****** *****"


sabanoleg
08/05/2020 14:01
Ukraine
Arsenal
2121

I think the phrase is "****** ****** *****"

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1Alex_from_Ukraine5200
2mobeckham5191
3kwesimanifest4754
4wsanta4491
5Liubomyr4053
6elghoul3793
7assemjuve3705
8aragorn19863557
9Gergő Nagy3381
10haydi3189
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia70932
2Ukraine32002
3Serbia27042
4Spain22340
5Albania20475
6Macedonia19059
7Brazil16603
8Bosnia and Herzegovina16268
9Vietnam15232
10Armenia13667
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United133322
2Liverpool89123
3Chelsea77339
4Arsenal71073
5Manchester City43855
6Leicester City11681
7Tottenham Hotspur11341
8Newcastle United9374
9West Ham United4964
10Leeds United4678

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Skills: Listening

Grammar: Wishes

Task: Make a wish about the past, present and future