Wait, expect and hope

The Spanish verb ‘esperar’ can be used to translate ‘wait for’, ‘expect’ and ‘hope’ but each verb is used for different situations.

Wait for = stay where one is or delay an action until a particular time or someone/something arrives.

This morning Sally had to wait for the bus for over half an hour as it arrived late because of the rain. 

Expect = believe that something is likely to happen or that something/someone will arrive soon

The government expects the economy will grow 2% next year. 

Hope = wish something to happen

I hope you feel better soon.

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