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    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.

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    Re: Overtones

    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.

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