Interested in Language
I would like to know how the following sentences should be interpreted:
(i) I shall not expect you till I see you.
(ii) My parents expect me when they see me.
Thanks a lot.
The intended meaning of either could change depending on the actual circumstances. Here are 2 possible interpretations.
I'm not sure what time you'll show up, so whatever time you do arrive is when I'll expect you. (If you have a history of not showing up or being
late, this could be a bit more sarcastic than that.)
My parents know my schedule is unpredictable so they don't expect to see me at any certain time.