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    Waiting for...

    Hello there,

    Is the follow phrase correct:

    "wait here, please"

    Do native English speakers use this phrase or they use something else?

    Thanks in advance.

    Marcello

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    Re: Waiting for...

    Hello Ovos, welcome to Using English!

    Yes, native speakers say "wait here, please".

    If you want to be a little more polite, you can say: "Could you wait here, please".

    Best wishes,

    MrP


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    Re: Waiting for...

    Thanks a lot MrP... just another little thing:

    when does "wait" want "for" after it?

    Jesus... hopefully this sentence makes sense for you!

    Thanks again.

    Ovos

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Ovos, welcome to Using English!

    Yes, native speakers say "wait here, please".

    If you want to be a little more polite, you can say: "Could you wait here, please".

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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    Re: Waiting for...

    Hello Ovos,

    "Wait" is intransitive: it doesn't take an object. Thus you say:

    1. I'm still waiting.
    2. I'll wait by the car.

    (In #2, the underlined part is adverbial: there is no object.)

    If you want to add an object, you also have to add "for", e.g.

    3. I'm waiting for my girlfriend.
    4. He was waiting for a bus.

    Here, the underlined part is the object.

    Thus "to wait (for someone/for something)" = "aspettare (qualcuno/qualcosa)".

    All the best,

    MrP

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