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  1. #1
    CambySt Guest

    What is the different?

    I anticipated him to come.
    and
    I expected him to come.

    Which one is correct and most common?
    And what is the differnece?

    Thanks In advance
    Last edited by CambySt; 21-Jan-2005 at 23:58.

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    Re: What is the different?

    Two separate issues here:

    a. Anticipate vs. Expect: I've just found an article (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=anticipate) indicating that even though, formally, they mean the same, people seem to restrict anticipate's use to situations in which advance action is taken. The difference becomes obvious when comparing unexpected to unanticipated.

    b. I don't think "I anticipated him to come" to be grammatically correct. Perhaps it should be "I anticipated he would come" or "I anticipated his coming". This is just a gut feeling. I'd like to get a second opinion on this.

    Hope this helps.

    HC

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    Re: What is the different?

    Quote Originally Posted by HCaulfield
    b. I don't think "I anticipated him to come" to be grammatically correct. Perhaps it should be "I anticipated he would come" or "I anticipated his coming". This is just a gut feeling. I'd like to get a second opinion on this.
    anticipated + nominal

    EX: We anticipated his arrival.

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