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    Using "expect" in my sentence

    Hello.

    When the verb "expect" is used instead of "think" it is wrong to use it in the progressive. Am I right?
    This passage is again from "Macmillan English Grammar in Context" by Michael Vince. I could upload screenshots but they are not very clear.
    "They are still examining the wreckage of the high speed train. They don't believe the accident involves driver error. We expect to publish an inquiry into this accident quite soon", a spokesman announced yesterday."

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    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Hello.

    When the verb "expect" is used instead of "think" it is wrong to use it in the progressive. Am I right?

    It depends on the sentence.


    This passage is again from "Macmillan English Grammar in Context" by Michael Vince. I could upload screenshots but they are not very clear.
    "They are still examining the wreckage of the high speed train. They don't believe the accident involves driver error. We expect to publish . . . .

    The word think cannot replace expect here. It's possible to say, "We are expecting to publish," but "We expect to publish" is better because it's more direct.
    That was easy to read. Thanks!
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    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

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    That was easy to read. Thanks!
    Oh, so it doesn't depend on its meaning. If I say, "We are expecting guests" and "We expect guests" both would be correct. Am I right?

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    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

    Both are possible - in the right contexts.
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    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

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    Oh, so it doesn't depend on its meaning. If I say, "We are expecting guests" and "We expect guests" both would be correct. Am I right?
    Yes, but they'd be used in different contexts.

    "I see you're cleaning up your guest room. What's up?"

    "We're expecting guests."

    The present simple is not impossible but I can't think of a context where it would be used at the moment.
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    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

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    Both are possible - in the right contexts.
    It is mentioned in this book that "I hope" and "I am hoping", "I realise" and "I am realising", "It costs" and "It is costing" and even "I am understanding" are all possible.

    These are some of the examples:

    1. "Thanks for your email. I hope/ I am hoping to get back to you very soon."

    2. "We are having our house completely redecorated. It's costing/costs a lot."

    3. "In this country, more than a million people are living/live in poverty." "Live" is not mentioned. But if I am not mistaken the progressive shows the current situation.

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    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    It is mentioned in this book that "I hope" and "I am hoping", "I realise" and "I am realising", "It costs" and "It is costing" and even "I am understanding" are all possible.

    These are some of the examples:

    1. "Thanks for your email. I hope/ I am hoping to get back to you very soon."

    Both are fine. "I hope" is more natural.


    2. "We are having our house completely redecorated. It's costing/costs a lot."

    Use "It's costing." The bills are still coming in.


    3. "In this country, more than a million people are living/live in poverty."

    Use "Are living." The number changes often.


    "Live" is not mentioned. But if I am not mistaken the progressive shows the current situation.

    Yes, exactly.
    Let's see what others think.
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    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

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    Let's see what others think.
    Thank you so much. Isn't there a difference between "I expect" and "I am expecting", "I hope" and "I am hoping"? I see that most of you chose the present simple. Does the progressive in these sentences show that the speaker is not sure?

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    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

    It would be a lot simpler to deal with your questions if you gave us one pair of sentences involving one verb at at time.
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    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It would be a lot simpler to deal with your questions if you gave us one pair of sentences involving one verb at at time.
    This is for "expect."

    "They are still examining the wreckage of the high speed train. They don't believe the accident involves driver error. We expect to publish an inquiry into this accident quite soon", a spokesman announced yesterday."

    My question is, is it possible to use both the simple present and the progressive with "expect" in this sentence? I checked Answer Key. Even when the book says both tenses are correct it still uses one of them.

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