WOTW: expect

| - Gorka Dieitz-Sanxurxo |

triplo word of the week - expect


今週の #WOTW は ‘expect’ です。’Expect’ is a verb that you probably were expecting after last week’s episode about ‘except’ (pun very intended). People often get confused between ‘expect’ and ‘hope’ too, so that might be next week’s instalment. But, for the time being, let’s have a look at some examples using ‘expect’, including a couple of interesting phrases.


- I’ve been studying for months and have memorised all the necessary kanji. I expect to pass the exam. (Regard something as likely to happen.)

- I was not expecting to fail, honestly. (See above.)

- I expect her to call. She said she was going to. (Regard someone as likely to do or be something.)

- Could you come back tomorrow? I’m expecting a friend. (Believe that someone or something will arrive soon.)

- All his family expect great things form him and that has put a tremendous amount of pressure on the little boy. (Require something as rightfully due or appropriate in the circumstances.)

- We expect all employees to write a report at the end of each week. (Require someone to fulfil an obligation.)

- I expect you are the new teacher… (This use is informal. It indicates that one supposes something to be so but has no firm evidence.)


Time for the phrases.


- [what do you expect?]
A: My new bike just broke down.
B: It was only 2,000 yen, what did you expect?
(Used to emphasize that there was nothing unexpected about a person or event, however disappointed one might be.)

- [to be expected] She didn’t remember me, but we only talked for 5 minutes 10 years ago, so that was to be expected. (Completely normal.)

- [be expecting]
A: My wife is expecting.
B: Again?!
(This is informal. It means ‘to be pregnant’.)


‘Expect’ comes from Latin’s exspectare, which means ‘look out for’.