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    "I expect" and "I expect so"

    Hello.

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    4 (informal, especially BrE) (not used in the progressive tenses) used when you think sth is probably true: [v] ‘Will you be late?’ ‘I expect so. ‘Are you going out tonight?’ ‘I don’t expect so.’ [v, v that] ‘Who’s eaten all the cake?’ ‘Tom, I expect / I expect it was Tom.’

    Do you say "I expect" instead of "I expect so"?

    Thank you.


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    Re: "I expect" and "I expect so"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    expect
    4 (informal, especially BrE) (not used in the progressive tenses) used when you think sth is probably true: [v] ‘Will you be late?’ ‘I expect so. ‘Are you going out tonight?’ ‘I don’t expect so.’ [v, v that] ‘Who’s eaten all the cake?’ ‘Tom, I expect / I expect it was Tom.’

    Do you say "I expect" instead of "I expect so"?

    Thank you.
    No, we don't simply say "I expect" without adding anything else. In this sense, "expect" is a transitive verb and, therefore, requires an object. In "I expect so", "so" refers to that which one expects.

    It's late. Do you think Tom is still coming?

    I expect so. = I expect that Tom is still coming.

    so = that Tom is still coming

    Who's eaten all the cake? Tom, I expect. = I expect that Tom has eaten all the cake. I expect Tom.

    Has Tom eaten all the cake again?

    I expect so. Who else would?


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    Re: "I expect" and "I expect so"

    The Oxford dictionary says that definition 4 of "expect" is "especially BrE." Is it true?

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    Re: "I expect" and "I expect so"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    The Oxford dictionary says that definition 4 of "expect" is "especially BrE." Is it true?
    Yes, it is far more common there. We would say, I think, but we sometimes say I expect.


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    Re: "I expect" and "I expect so"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    The Oxford dictionary says that definition 4 of "expect" is "especially BrE." Is it true?
    I think that's true. While this use of "expect" sounds familiar to me, it doesn't sound like something I would say, probably because I'm not English.

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    Re: "I expect" and "I expect so"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    The Oxford dictionary says that definition 4 of "expect" is "especially BrE." Is it true?
    Dear Daruma:

    I am an AmE speaker and this expression is very familiar to me.

    Petra


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    Re: "I expect" and "I expect so"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Yes, it is far more common there. We would say, I think, but we sometimes say I expect.

    Of course, this usage is informal, as indicated in the definition that was posted.

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