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    Question Hope and Expect

    Hi, what is the difference between the verbs Hope and Expect ?

    thanks !!


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    Re: Hope and Expect

    Quote Originally Posted by dinha View Post
    Hi, what is the difference between the verbs Hope and Expect ?

    thanks !!
    I'd say that they reflect differing levels of certainty to the speaker, Dinha.


    Expect - Believe/Think something will come true
    'I expect to go to London next week."

    Hope - Doubt that something will come true
    "I hope I can go to London next week."

    Wish - Realize that something's impossible
    "I wish I could go to London next week."


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    Re: Hope and Expect

    Expect - Believe/Think something will come true
    'I expect to go to London next week."

    Hope - Doubt that something will come true
    "I hope I can go to London next week."



    I do hope that this is not really what you expect.
    I feel that hope has a rather more positive nature than you are expressing.


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    Re: Hope and Expect

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Expect - Believe/Think something will come true
    'I expect to go to London next week."

    Hope - Doubt that something will come true
    "I hope I can go to London next week."



    I do hope that this is not really what you expect.
    I feel that hope has a rather more positive nature than you are expressing.
    I think you're right, Anglika. Perhaps it would have been better to state it as,

    Hope - There's doubt that something will come true
    "I hope I can go to London next week.",

    to denote that this can show a range from great doubt to very little doubt.

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