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    expectations for/of

    Which preposition (OF or FOR) should I use with the noun "expectation(s)"?

    (Source: Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press)

    Why does one use "for" in one example and "of" in another (or "the other"??*) one? What is the difference?

    I have high expectations for this job (= I believe it will be good).

    I think she had unrealistic expectations of motherhood.




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    * should I say "another" or "the other" in the sentence?

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    Re: expectations for/of

    (the other)


    I'd use 'for' when it's external to me; either in the future or something that won't affect me directly.

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    Re: expectations for/of

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    (the other)


    I'd use 'for' when it's external to me; either in the future or something that won't affect me directly.
    Thank you, Tdol...

    I am almost sure I'll forget this "rule", though . It'd be great if I could acquire it by reading more and more example sentences containing the word "exceptations" + "for/of". But where should I look for such a list of example sentences?

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