Common Errors in English: Want, Hope, Wait, Expect

English Error #1

Don’t say: “She wants that I call her back.”

Say: “She wants me to call her back.”

After want and would like, we normally don’t use “that.”

It’s possible to use “that” after hope or wish, but it’s not necessary:

  • I hope that you feel better soon.
    I hope you feel better soon.
  • I wish that I hadn’t gotten so angry.
    I wish I hadn’t gotten so angry.

After want and would like, we can use a noun, or a person + to + verb:

  • I’d like a drink.
    I’d like you to get me a drink.
  • Dan wants some money.
    Dan wants me to lend him some money.

English Error #2

Don’t say: “I’m waiting my friend to call.”

Say: “I’m waiting for my friend to call.”

Wait = Pass the time until something happens

  • It’s 6:45. I’m waiting for the 7:00 bus.
  • We waited in line for three hours to get tickets to the concert.
  • You need to wait for the computer to finish updating.

Don’t confuse “wait” with hope and expect:

Hope = Want something to happen

  • I hope I’ll get a promotion this year!
  • I’m sorry to hear you’re sick. I hope you get better soon!
  • The traffic is very bad today. I hope I won’t be late.

Expect = Believe that something probably will happen

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