Learn English Grammar – Wait for vs. Wait to

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Which prepositions can be used with the verb wait?

With some verbs in English it’s possible to use a number of different prepositions. Wait is one of these verbs. In this English lesson, let’s take a look at all the different propositions that you can use with wait.

We say wait for something, and that something is a noun:

  • I am waiting for an important phone call.
  • Can you wait for me? I’ll be right there.
  • I waited for an hour, but the repairman never came.

We also say wait for someone / something to do something, and that something is a verb:

  • I was waiting for the postman to come.
  • Please wait for me to finish this report.
  • We were waiting for the rain to stop so we could start the game.

We can also say wait to do something

  • I’m waiting to talk to the boss. He’s been busy all day.
  • Mom is waiting to eat dinner, so we should hurry back home.
  • We are all waiting to see what will happen during the Olympics.

Are you waiting for something? What are you waiting for someone to do? Are you waiting to do something?


Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

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