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    #1

    expect / look forward to

    What's the difference between "expect" and "look forward to"? As the following sentences below.

    1. I'm looking forward to the one-day trip to Keelung.
    2. I'm expecting the one-day trip to Keelung.

    Does #1 imply that I have already registered for the trip? Actually, I haven't. I just received the message on my e-mail.
    However, I'm willing to sign up for the activity. So, how to express the acceptable idea?


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    Re: expect / look forward to

    1 is OK- it means that you have booked the trip and are anticipating it. 2 doesn't work. Here's an example of expect:
    I am expecting they'll send me to Keelung. (= I think this will happen)

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    Re: expect / look forward to

    I can expect to have to pay my income taxes every April 15, but I do not look forward to it.

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