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    Wait vs await

    What is the difference between wait and await?

    Are these sentences correct?

    1/He waits me at his office.
    2/I will be awaiting his reply.
    3/She awaits his gift.
    4/You await her over there.

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    Re: Wait vs await

    Quote Originally Posted by diplomacy View Post
    What is the difference between wait and await?
    The first is intransitive, the second transitive.
    Are these sentences correct?

    1/He waits me at his office.
    2/I will be awaiting his reply.
    3/She awaits his gift.
    4/You await her over there.
    These are more natural:
    1. He is waiting for me ..
    4. You (should/can/could) wait for her ...

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    Re: Wait vs await

    I am not a teacher, nor a native speaker.

    I think it is also worth mention that the verb await is more formal as the OALD says.

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    Re: Wait vs await

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    I am not a teacher, nor a native speaker.

    I think it is also worth mentioning that the verb "await" is more formal, as the OALD says.
    That's true.

    I will wait for you here = natural.
    I will await you here = formal and quite old-fashioned.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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