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I have been trying to figure out the difference in meanings between 'expect', 'wait', and 'hope'. Please help me clarify the following three sentences.
- I'm expecting guests.
Does it show that the speaker is pretty sure that the guests will come and the speaker is WAITING for them? but I can't think of a situation in which someone would say I'm expecting guests. Could you please give me an example situation?
- I expect to go there tomorrow.
I think it means (please correct me if I'm wrong) I think I'll go there tomorrow, because I have planned to or have made arrangements to go there tomorrow.(?) But does it also suggest that I HOPE to go there tomorrow?
- The officer expected his men to do their duty in the coming battle.
I think maybe it can be interpreted to mean that the officer DEMANDED his men do their duty, and he believed they would.(?)
But does this sentence also imply he HOPE his men to do their duty?
Last edited by Heidi; 13-Sep-2011 at 02:46.
Thank you so much, fivejedjon. Your explanations really help.Originally Posted by fivejedjon;799193- [I
I'm not sure in what kind of situation someone might say 'I expect to go there tomorrow'. Could you please give me an example situation?
(I think I should try one first, to see if I really understand your explanations. Please correct any mistakes and please tell me if it's a appropriate occasion.
(after Japanese tsunami)
reporter: When are you and all your members taking off?
one of the rescue members: We expect to go there tomorrow. We still have some preparations need to be done.)