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NOTE ON USAGE : Compare wait for and expect. wait for expect. *I'm expecting him to arrive soon means that I'm sure that he will. *I'm expecting him to arrive soon. I'm waiting for him to arrive means that I thought he would come earlier but he is late. *I'm waiting for him to arrive, . Waiting (for something) can be seen as an action *waiting (for something): I'll wait here until it's time to go. , . * I'm too nervous to read when I'm waiting to see the dentist. , . Expecting can suggest that nothing can be done to change an event in the future *expecting: I'm expecting to fail my exams. . * The fall in profits had been expected. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:59:11
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