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    #1

    awaiting his girlfriend

    John is awaiting the reply.
    John is awaiting his girlfriend.


    Hi,
    Do both of the above sound right? If not, can you explain why? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: awaiting his girlfriend

    They're both fine.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: awaiting his girlfriend

    While await isn't wrong, it's not used very often. It would be much more natural to write John is waiting for​ the reply.
    I am not a teacher.

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