expect
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expect(
ehk
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spehkt
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to anticipate)
a. esperar
I don't expect any mercy if captured.No espero compasión si me capturan.
b. figurarse
I expected as much. That's why I didn't want to come.Ya me lo figuraba. Por eso no quería venir.
c. suponer
Things are worse than I expected.Las cosas están peor de lo que suponía.
d. pensar
I expected she would cry.Pensé que iba a llorar.
e. prever
It is expected that prices will rise.Se prevé una subida de los precios.
2. (to hope for)
a. esperar
We expect not to encounter this kind of problem again.Esperamos no volver a topar con el mismo problema.
b. confiar en
She expects to pass the exam.Confía en aprobar el examen.
3. (to await)
a. esperar
Are you expecting someone tonight?¿Esperas a alguien esta noche?
4. (to speculate)
a. imaginarse
I expect they're there by now.Me imagino que ahora ya habrán llegado.
b. suponer
I expect you don't want to hear from me.Supongo que no quieres saber nada de mí.
5. (to require)
a. esperar
They are expected to collaborate more than ever before.Se espera que colaboren más que nunca.
b. pretender
You can't expect me to do everything.No puedes pretender que yo lo haga todo.
c. querer
And what do you expect me to do if there are no jobs?¿Y qué quieres que haga si no hay trabajo?
d. contar con
We expect you to bring your car.Contamos con que traigas tu coche.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to be pregnant)
a. estar embarazada
I discovered I was expecting on my honeymoon.Me enteré de que estaba embarazada en mi luna de miel.
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expect
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (anticipate)
a. esperar
to expect to do somethingesperar hacer algo
to expect somebody do somethingesperar que alguien haga algo
I expected as muchya me lo esperaba
what do you expect from him?¿qué esperas or esperabas de él?
I knew what to expectya sabía lo que me esperaba
to expect the worstesperarse lo peor
as one might expectcomo era de esperar
the film was better than I expectedla película era mejor de lo que esperaba
she's expecting a babyestá esperando un hijo
2. (require)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to expect somebody to do somethingesperar de alguien que haga algo
I expect you to be punctualconfío en que serás puntual
I don't expect you to be perfectno pretendo que seas perfecto
you are expected to answer all the questionsconteste a todas las preguntas
to expect something from somebodyesperar algo de alguien
I know what is expected of mesé qué es lo que se espera de mí
people expect too much from marriagela gente espera demasiado del matrimonio
3. (suppose)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to expect (that)…suponer (que)…
I expect so/notsupongo que sí/que no
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (be pregnant)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
she's expectingestá en estado
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expect [ɪksˈpekt]
transitive verb
1 (anticipate, hope for, wait for) esperar
I did not know what to expect yo no sabía qué esperar; it's not what I expected no es lo que yo esperaba; you know what to expect ya sabes a qué atenerte; we'll expect you for supper te esperamos a cenar; is he expecting you? ¿tiene usted cita con él?; it's easier than I expected es más fácil de lo que esperaba; to expect to do sth esperar hacer algo; they expect to arrive tomorrow esperan llegar mañana; I expect him to arrive soon creo que llegará pronto; it is expected that ... se espera que; se prevé que ...; we expect great things of him tenemos depositadas grandes esperanzas en él
I expected as much just what I expected ya me lo imaginaba or figuraba
that was (only) to be expected eso era de esperar
as was to be expected as might have been expected
as one might expect como era de esperar
when least expected el día menos pensado; expect me when you see me no cuentes conmigo
2 (suppose) imaginarse; suponer
I expect so supongo que sí; a lo mejor; yes, I expect it is así tenía que ser; I expect it was John me imagino que fue John; I expect she's there by now me imagino que ya habrá llegado; I expect he'll be late seguro que llega tarde
3 (require)
to expect sth (of/from sb) esperar algo (de algn); I think you're expecting too much of me creo que esperas demasiado de mí; to expect sb to do sth esperar que algn haga algo; I expect you to be punctual cuento con que serás puntual; how can you expect me to sympathize? ¿y me pides compasión?; you can't expect too much from him no debes esperar demasiado de él; she can't be expected to know that no se puede esperar or pretender que sepa eso; what do you expect me to do about it? ¿qué pretendes que haga yo?; it is hardly to be expected that ... apenas cabe esperar que
intransitive verb
she's expecting está encinta; está en estado
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