The Meaning of Expect
1/6/18 The Meaning of Expect
We use expect to say that we believe that something will happen. We use expect in the following main patterns:
- expect + object → She’s expecting a second baby.
- expect + to-infinitive → We expect to move into our new flat next week.
- expect + that-clause → We expected that the guest house would have much better rooms.
- expect + object + to-infinitive → The company expects her to be early.
Expect also means ‘think’ or ‘suppose’. When expect has this meaning, we do not commonly use it in the continuous form:
A: Will he have bought the necklace by now?
B: I expect so.
I’m expecting so.
I expect that he’ll be wearing that bright blue shirt.
I am expecting …
- When we expect that something will not happen or is not true, expect is most commonly used in a negative form:
I don’t expect she will pass the exam. (preferred to I expect she won’t pass …)
- We don’t use wait or wait for to say that we believe that something will happen. We use expect:
People usually expect holidays to revive their spirits and renew their souls and they often succeed in achieving that target.
People usually wait for holidays to …