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    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

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    "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 the answer key. Even when the book says both tenses are correct it still uses one of them.
    The progressive is possible there.
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    #12

    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The progressive is possible there.
    But what is the difference between these verbs "expect" and "is expecting", "hope" and "are hoping". Both can be used but there must be a difference in meaning.

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

    2. "They are still examining the wreckage of the high speed train. They don't believe the accident involves driver error. We expect/are expecting to publish an inquiry into this accident quite soon", a spokesman announced yesterday."
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    #13

    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

    The progressive aspect suggests the limited duration of the situation.
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    #14

    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The progressive aspect suggests the limited duration of the situation.
    I don't understand the book's explanation. It says "I am hoping" is less definite. I thought "I am expecting" is less definite too. Does it mean when the speaker is not sure the progressive is used?

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    #15

    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

    I don't think the book's explanation is very helpful.
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    #16

    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    I don't understand the book's explanation. It says "I am hoping" is less definite. I thought "I am expecting" is less definite too. Does it mean when the speaker is not sure the progressive is used?
    It doesn't express doubt. It expresses a continuing activity.

    That's why it's called progressive. It expresses a progression over time.
    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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    #17

    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I don't think the book's explanation is very helpful.
    So there is no difference in meaning. Do I understand correctly?

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    #18

    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

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    It doesn't express doubt. It expresses a continuing activity.

    That's why it's called progressive. It expresses a progression over time.


    So there is no difference in meaning. Do I understand correctly? I know the difference between the simple present and the progressive that the latter expresses limited duration but other than that there is no difference between in meaning between "I expect", "I am expecting", "I hope" and "I am hoping." Is that right? The book seems to be suggesting that there is. But I don't understand its explanation and Piscean also said it's not helpful.

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    #19

    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

    Rachel,

    I think I've said this to you before: you spend a lot of time trying to identify rules for tense usage and meaning. If you stopped that activity in favor of reading and listening to English for a few months, you would begin to feel what the tenses convey. I think your intensive study of the subject is unproductive.
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    #20

    Re: Using "expect" in my sentence

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    Rachel,

    I think I've said this to you before: you spend a lot of time trying to identify rules for tense usage and meaning. If you stopped that activity in favor of reading and listening to English for a few months, you would begin to feel what the tenses convey. I think your intensive study of the subject is unproductive.
    As a non-native speaker, I need those rules.

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