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    will happily wait/ will be happy to wait

    So we can do this after you come back from your holidays? I will happily wait until then.
    / I will be happy to wait until then.

    I know that the last one is common but is the first one incorrect?

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    Re: will happily wait/ will be happy to wait

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena View Post
    So we can do this after you come back from your holidays? I will happily wait until then.
    / I will be happy to wait until then.

    I know that the last one is common but is the first one incorrect?
    It is not incorrect. I prefer the second, though (at least, with a contracted I'll)

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    Re: will happily wait/ will be happy to wait

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It is not incorrect. I prefer the second, though (at least, with a contracted I'll)
    Sounds like in many cases English speaking people prefer to substitute adverbs with "-ly" with some other words or phrases, though I can not think of any examples right now.

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    Re: will happily wait/ will be happy to wait

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It is not incorrect. I prefer the second, though (at least, with a contracted I'll)
    Same here.

    In other contexts the <modal>+<adverb> is common though. I think I'd say 'Many town-dwellers would happily sell-up and move to the country', for example. In that case, 'would be happy to' would be right too; but I imagine it's less common... (Maybe this just my random preference.)

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    Re: will happily wait/ will be happy to wait

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Same here.

    In other contexts the <modal>+<adverb> is common though. I think I'd say 'Many town-dwellers would happily sell-up and move to the country', for example. In that case, 'would be happy to' would be right too; but I imagine it's less common... (Maybe this just my random preference.)

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    I am not a teacher.

    It's my preference, too. The meanings are different, I'd say. The town-dweller sells happily, but the waiter does not so much wait happily as be happy to do so.

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