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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #110460: Using to 'wait'? or 'to expect'?
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    Using to 'wait'? or 'to expect'?

    I) WAIT is used to express a time spent in a place until something happens:

    She's always late... I'm tired of waiting...


    1. WAIT is always followed by FOR in front of a noun or pronoun.

    - He's not home... He's waiting for his bus to school...

    2. The expression “I can't wait for + noun/to + verb” I'm looking forward to doing something... it shows impatience. 

    - I can't wait for my sister to arrive.

    - I can't wait to go to Italy... 

     3. WAIT FOR is only used in  the active form:

    - He's waiting for the train to come. (the passive form is here impossible) 



    II) EXPECT means to anticipate, to believe and hope.

    - He's expecting a phone call from you asap.  (as soon as possible).

    * But it can also be translated by other verbs such as to plan, to think, to suppose:

    - I expect  (that) she will understand my absence.


    III) How to build to WAIT and to EXPECT:

    1. Both may be followed by an infinitive clause:

    - He's waiting for you to confirm what he said.

    - She's expecting her kids to tell her the whole truth

    2. Followed by a subordinate clause, the meaning of EXPECT  is weakened into to suppose

    - I expect you're sure of what you're saying! 

    3. WAIT may also introduce a subordinate clause (without weakening it), introduced by until = till

    I'll wait till he arrives at last.

    4. EXPECT may be built in the active and passive forms:

    - Is he expected to deliver a speech at his arrival? 



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    1) - You shouldn't too many thanks from him... You know how ungrateful he is.
    2) - I really don't my daughter to write every week, but I think I'll a little longer to see whether she'll call, or not...
    3) - Can you a minute, please? I'm not quite ready just now, but if you a little more, I'll be all yours and we can to have a wonderful evening.
    4) - I've been my friend for more than an hour now, but he has just called to say that his plane had been delayed and that we'll have to more than 2 more hours. So, let's be patient. I him to call us when his plane lands.
    5) - After her baby for eight months (he was a preemie), Melanie everything to be alright for the three of them Just now, she's her husband to come back and help her bathe their first born for the second time... I'm sure the new parents are a long and happy life for their newborn baby.  


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