Wish and hope are often used to express our desires. Let’s look at these two words and the different ways we can use them in our conversations.
Wish is often used in greetings and expressions of goodwill. For example:
◆ We wish you a happy new year.
◆ He wished me a safe trip.
Wish (that) + subject + past verb is used to show you want something that is not possible or not likely. For example:
◆ I wish (that) you could come to the concert with me. (But you can’t come)
◆ He wished (that) he hadn’t lost his wallet on the subway. (But he did lose it)
◆ I wish (that) it wouldn’t rain so much where I live. (But it rains very often)
Wish to + verb is a more formal way to say want to.
◆ I wish to spend the evening at home.
◆ He wished to finish the report on time, but he couldn’t.
We can also say hope to + verb to talk about our future desires. It also means that we plan to do the action if possible.
◆ I hope to live and work in New York someday.
◆ He hopes to catch the last train, if possible.