Mistake 7: hope-expect-wait

This is a mistakes that can be usual among Spaniards, as the translation of these verbs into our language is “esperar”. However, there are important differences:

Hope: to want something to happen and think that it is possible, as in: Let’s hope we can find a parking space. (but there is no guarantee)

Expect: to think or believe that something will happen or that somebody will do something: We are expecting a call from her this week. (this may be already arranged so there is some guarantee)

Wait: to stay where you are or delay something until somebody comes or something happens: I’ve been waiting for the bus for twenty minutes. (the physical act of waiting)

Here you are some examples in pictures:





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