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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > Difference between "I wish I had done it" vs "I wish I could have done it"    

Difference between "I wish I had done it" vs "I wish I could have done it"



dobrawaa
Poland

Difference between "I wish I had done it" vs "I wish I could have done it"
 
I can īt figure out the difference between these too. Could you please help me!
Ania

18 Mar 2018      



cameron.t
United Kingdom

 
I wish I had done it means you regret that you did not do something.
I wish I could have done it means you wish there had been the possibility for you to do it (but there wasn īt the possibility)

18 Mar 2018     



dobrawaa
Poland

Thank you!

18 Mar 2018     



ldthemagicman
United Kingdom

Ania,
 
1. I wish I had done it.
2. I wish I could have done it.

Cameron.t is correct.
 
1. My brother asked me to go to Paris with him for the weekend, but I said "No!" Later, he phoned to say that it was fantastic and I should have agreed to come.
Now, I wish I had agreed!
 
2. My brother asked me to go to Paris with him for the weekend, but I said "No!", because I didn īt have any money. Later, he phoned to say that it was fantastic and I should have agreed to come. Unfortunately, I didn īt have enough money for the air fare, or the hotel, so it was impossible!
I wish I could have agreed.
 
Les Douglas 
 

18 Mar 2018