Is "I wish I had studied English further" correct?



I want to express regret for not having studied more English when I was a kid. Is this sentence correct?

I wish I had studied English further.


Posted 2013-07-29T13:39:49.810

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Yes, from here:

We use wish + past perfect to express a regret, or that we want a situation in the past to be different.


Posted 2013-07-29T13:39:49.810

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and the adjective further is well applied? – Pedro – 2013-07-29T15:04:42.207

I see no problem with it; it would mean e.g. that you studied some English when you were a child, but that you regret not having studied it more. – Renan – 2013-07-29T15:08:32.153

5I can't imagine a native speaker using "further" this way. The most natural phrasing is "studied English more". (There's nothing technically wrong with it though, it just sounds unnatural.) – David Schwartz – 2013-07-29T17:41:22.503

3Maybe it does sound a bit unnatural, but it's not way off. I mean, these sound okay: I wish I had gone further with my education; I wish I had gone further and considered other options; I wish I had studied further – I only have an associates degree; I wish I had studied further and THEN opened my business; I figured out the puzzle only after I had examined it further; etc. – J.R. – 2013-07-29T21:37:08.590