Can someone please explain when to use "s'attendre à" versus "attendre" when talking about expecting? Expecting someone to do something - I was thinking that first sentence might have been "Laissez-moi vous expliquer ce que l'on s'attend à vous" (using the verb "s'attendre à") for "Let me explain what we expect of you", but instead the construction is "... que l'on attend de vous", using "attendre" which I associated with waiting rather than expecting.
Dictation exercise C1
Attendre [qqn/qch]: (to wait for / to hope for)
J’attends Marc = I am waiting for Marc
Tu attends le taxi = you are waiting for the taxi
Le prof attend de meilleurs résultats = the teacher expects better results
Attendre [qch] de [qqn]: (to expect [sth])
Tu attends trop de lui = you are expecting too much of him
Qu’attendez-vous de moi ? = what are you expecting of me?
S’attendre à [qch]: (to envisage)
Je m’attends à devoir tout recommencer = I am expecting to have to do it all again
Elles s’attendent à un refus catégorique = they are expecting an outright refusal
I hope this is helpful.
Bonne journée !
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