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    expect to/be expected to

    Although I am aware that I need to use the passive form in the case like "the numbers are expected to grow", can we also use just the active form "the numbers expect to grow" because I think I found articles using expect in the active form but in a passive meaning pretty often on the internet such as "the city expects to fall short of its revenue by $20000"

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    Re: expect to/be expected to

    The city expects.. = the city authorities, or possibly the whole population. There is no passive meaning here.
    The city is expected.. = by unnamed people.

    The numbers are expected... = by unnamed people.
    The numbers expect = X. Numbers cannot expect; nor can they (unlike 'city') stand as a collective noun.

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    Re: expect to/be expected to

    Hi there,
    Is it correct to say this?

    The salary has increased more than we expected.

    tks
    simon

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    Re: expect to/be expected to

    Quote Originally Posted by simon1234 View Post
    Is it correct to say this? The salary has increased more than we expected.
    Yes.

    Also: The salary has increased more than we expected it to.

    And: The salary has increased more than was expected.

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