Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the sentence that is closest in meaning to each of the following questions
It’s such a pity my mother can’t attend my birthday party.
Correct answer: A
Knowledge of wishes
+ Expressing wishes contrary to reality in the present.
Formula: If only/S + wish + S + V2/ed/ (be → were)
Express wishes to happen in the future.
Formula: If only/S + wish + S + would/ could + V_inf
Describes wishes that are contrary to reality in the past. Recipe: If only/wish + S + had + Vp2
Topic: It is a pity that my mother cannot attend my birthday party.
The topic is present tense => answer A (expressing wishes in the present tense) “If only my mother could attend my birthday party.”