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"Wait for" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "esperar", and "await" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "esperar". Learn more about the difference between "wait for" and "await" below.
wait for
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to await)
a. esperar
Go get the milk. I'll wait for you here.Anda a comprar la leche. Te espero aquí.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
2. (imperative)
a. espera
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
Wait for me! I'll be there soon!¡Espérame! ¡Llegaré dentro de poco!
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to wait for)
a. esperar
The sailors stayed in the port, awaiting fairer weather to set sail.Los marineros permanecieron en el puerto, esperando tiempo más favorable para zarpar.
b. aguardar
They were all still awaiting the results of the competition.Todos estaban aún aguardando los resultados del concurso.
2. (to be in store for)
a. esperar
You have no idea the chaos that awaits you when you get home.No tienes ni idea del caos que te espera cuando llegues a casa.
b. aguardar
Only pain and suffering await her down that road.Por ese camino solo le aguardan dolor y sufrimiento.
3. (legal)
a. estar en espera de
These poor people have been in prison for two years and are still awaiting trial.Hace dos años que esta pobre gente está en la cárcel y todavía en espera de juicio.
b. estar a la espera de
The drug lord is being held in custody awaiting extradition.El capo del narcotráfico está detenido y a la espera de la extradición.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to be in store)
a. esperar
Happiness awaits if you are ready to seize it.La felicidad te espera si estás dispuesto a atraparla.
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