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"Esperando" is a form of "esperar", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to wait for". "Estoy esperando" is a phrase which is often translated as "I'm waiting for". Learn more about the difference between "esperando" and "estoy esperando" below.
esperar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to await)
a. to wait for
Espérame que yo también voy.Wait for me, I'm coming too.
2. (to wish)
a. to hope
Espero saber de ti pronto.I hope to hear from you soon.
3. (to count on)
a. to expect
No espero compasión si me capturan.I don't expect any mercy if captured.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to await)
a. to wait
Espera que ya vengo.Wait, I'm coming.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
5. (to count on)
a. to expect
Se esperan cortes en el suministro de agua esta noche.Water supply disruptions are expected tonight.
esperarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to wait momentarily)
a. to hold on (emphatic)
Espérate, ¿no se suponía que ibas a estar fuera un par de semanas?Hold on, weren't you supposed to be gone for a couple of weeks?
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estoy esperando(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to talk about letting time pass)
a. I'm waiting for
Estoy esperando el tren de las 9 pm.I'm waiting for the 9 pm train.
b. I'm waiting
Hace una hora que llegué, y todavía estoy esperando que me atienda la dentista.I arrived an hour ago, and I'm still waiting to be seen by the dentist.
2. (used to talk about something that will certainly happen)
a. I'm expecting
Estoy esperando mi segundo bebé.I'm expecting my second baby.
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