What’s the Difference? ‘I wish’ refers to lofty or unrealistic dreams. Most of the time when we use ‘I wish’, we want something that is impossible, or that doesn't seem likely. We may even feel sorry that things are not different. Some examples are:
I wish I had a million dollars.
I wish I could fly to the moon.
I wish my sister could be here now.
Hopes are a bit different. When we use ‘I hope’, we want it to happen, but are uncertain that it will. It is also often out of our control whether it happens or not. Some examples are: