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    Raiph is offline Junior Member
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    Cool To distinguish

    What is the difference between expect and anticipate?

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    Re: To distinguish

    Well, expect and anticipate are both used to mean 'look forward to', usually with pleasure. However, anticipate also means to realize something beforehand, or do something in advance. For instance:

    They anticipated having extra guests by buying a lot of food for the party.

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    Re: To distinguish

    Hi, Raif,
    I guess there are many more differences. If I knew English better, I'd tell you. I can only add that expect is much much commoner than anticipate. The only thing that springs to mind is this phrase:
    You seem to anticipate all my needs.
    There's a rather small area where they overlap.
    Take Complex Object: I expect them to arrive at noon.
    IMHO it would be impossible to use anticipate here.
    Rgs

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    Re: To distinguish

    Thank you very much!

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