This paper aims at questioning “wish constructions” and the amount of ambiguity “if only” brings about when an optative mood is expressed discretely. It also aims at seeking the possibility of the if-clause unreal types to resolve the potential ambiguity created by the exclamatory wish-clause, to eventually see to what extent the fundamental communicative needs are provided in interlocution.
“If only” or “wish” utterances can be measured in terms of epistemic scale. So, the consequence is generally unpredictable because it abides by the speaker’s logic and intentions. In other words, this paper can be viewed as a simplified linguistic outlook over conditionality for interested students who “wish” to take up studying the English language.
For EFL students, the diglossia and the instability of grammar makes simplifying linguistics a tough task because this branch of scientific studies of language already uses lots of terms that have no equivalent in current speech. Therefore, taming linguistics for the main stream grammar learners to grasp is full of risks, I admit it.
The volitive construction with “if only” is very often unstable itself especially in the dominion of acculturation for it could easily be understood but wrongly; hence the ambiguity and the enigma of most isolated pronounced wish constructions.