Learn English Vocabulary – Expect vs. Hope

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It’s been really cold here in New York these days. I hope the rest of the winter is not so cold. The weatherman said they are expecting the cold weather to continue for a while. I never expected we would have such cold weather. I hope spring comes quickly!

Today, let’s have a look at expect and hope. Do you know the difference between them?

We use expect when we believe something will happen. There is a logical reason for expecting something, such as a schedule, trend, or habit:

  • I’m expecting to see Jack today. He always comes to visit on Sundays. (habit)
  • Her flight is expected to arrive at 2:00. (schedule)
  • All of his movies are great, so I expect this new one to be great too. (trend)
  • We are expecting a big snowstorm tomorrow. (trend)

On the other hand, we use hope when we would like something to happen. There is an emotional reason for hoping for something.

  • I hope to see Jack today. He’s always busy on Sundays, but if he can come to visit, it would be great!
  • I hope her flight is not late. I’m so excited to see her.
  • His last few movies were terrible. I hope this one is good.
  • I hope we don’t have a lot of snow tomorrow. I need to drive to Boston.

So expect comes from what we know (reality) and hope comes from what we would like:

  • I expect the boss to be angry about this month’s sales, but I hope he doesn’t fire anyone.
  • We are expecting a snowstorm tomorrow, but I hope it is not so strong.

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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Comments 8

    1. Zahid, nice work!
      FYI: Usually we use “get” as the verb before grades:
      “I hope I will get good grades”
      Thanks 🙂

  1. My doubt is about expect and supposed to in phrases like: weren’t you expected to be on vacation now or weren’t you suuposed to be on vacation now?

  2. First, when I saw this blog I didn’t expected that we’ll get such a lovely posts but now I am expecting more and more articles.
    I hope we’ll get good posts everyday. I’m so excited to read and hoping to write sentences on every post and expecting to review by Michael.

  3. Wonderful! Just what I need for one of my groups. Small mistake you made: but I hope it is now so strong – should be ‘not’ so strong.

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