4/6/18 The Use of Hope

We use hope when we do not know whether something will happen or not but we want it to happen. We use hope in the following patterns:

  • hope + to-infinitive → I think you were hoping to see your family next week.
  • hope + that clause → I hope that your sister recovers quickly from the operation.
  • Hope + for →
    [parents discussing the birth of their next child] We’ve already got two boys so we’re hoping for a girl.

We use hope to express good intentions and wishes for the future:

  • hope we can see each other soon.

Not: I wish we can see each other soon.

  • I hope you enjoy your stay in Greece.

Not: I wish you enjoy your stay in Greece.

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