AEE 173: Wish vs. Hope in English – What’s the Difference?

wish versus hope in English- what's the differenceWish and Hope in English are similar, but not exactly the same. 

Today, in #13 of our countdown of the Top 15 Fixes in English series (see also episode 165 and 169), find out how to correctly use the verbs Wish and Hope!

Wish is usually used in the past tense, though it can be used in present tense.  It often talks about regrets or wants.

  • “I wish I hadn’t made that mistake.”
  • “I wish I had started sooner.”
  • “I wish I had a dog.”

 

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Hope works more for future tense, though it can also be used for the present tense.  It often focuses on aspirations.

  • “I hope to find love.”
  • “I hope I get a good TOEFL score.”
  • “I hope you enjoyed the show.”

What are your wishes?

What are your hopes?

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