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.
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I am expecting my result tomorrow.
Though I did not perform well in the papers I hope I will good grades.
Zahid, nice work!
FYI: Usually we use “get” as the verb before grades:
“I hope I will get good grades”
Hi Sergio…Thanks for the info and idea. I’ll answer that in my next post 🙂
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?
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.
Pardeep, I hope you continue being such an enthusiastic reader!
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.
Thanks Chaya, You’re a pro at finding my typos 🙂