s'attendre a ce que

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Kwiziq community member

12 October 2018

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s'attendre a ce que

Could you please explain on this page why the above expression is used?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Attendre quelqu'un vs s'attendre à quelque chose = to wait vs to expect"


Kwiziq community member

15 October 2018


J'attends  Anne. -- I wait for Anne.
Je m'attends à ce qu'Anne viennes. -- I expect that Anne arrives.

S'attendre à ce que... -- to expect that...


Kwiziq language super star

16 October 2018


Hi Diane,

'Attendre quelqu'un/quelque chose' is simply to 'wait for someone/something':

J'attends qu'il parte et j'arrive =  I am waiting for him to leave and I come

J'attends Brigitte à la gare I am waiting for Brigitte at the station

Nous attendons leur réponse avec impatience = We are waiting impatiently for their answer  

'S'attendre à quelque chose'  is 'to expect something':

Je m'attends à ce que ce soit une réponse négative = I am expecting a negative answer

Ne t'attends pas à ce qu'il soit heureux de ta visite Don't expect him to be happy with your visit

Please note that 'attendre que' and 's'attendre à ce que' is followed by the subjunctive in French and is explained in the lesson.

Hope this helps!

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