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We are hoping a good monsoon this year

Is the above sentence correct ? Actually this is a sentence improvement question and actual sentence was We are expecting a good monsoon this year. My book replaced expecting with hoping but don't we need to use preposition for with hoping in above sentence ? Or it's all right to use it without preposition ?

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ANSWER : NO. The above-mentioned usage is incorrect.

REASON: The infinite forms of both verbs are as follows:

To Expect

To Hope

And it's easy to mistake that the same modification to the verb would yield the same meaning. But English is a tricky language. And hope cannot exist without specifying what one is waiting eagerly for to happen.

"We are expecting a monsoon this year" means that the people are waiting for it to rain, based on a previous prediction or calculation.

"We are hoping for a monsoon this year" means that people are waiting for it to rain, but it isn't clear whether or not it is based off of a previous prediction or calculation.

And in that regards, we can't replace "expecting" with "hoping for" without the meaning changing, but I guess you may use it if you please.

  • Your answer is NO for what ? I have asked two questions in the thread. – user212388 Jul 12 '17 at 12:00
  • I answer NO to the first and last question used by you, namely "IIs the above sentence correct ?" and "Or it's all right to use it without preposition ?" – ValarMorghulis Jul 12 '17 at 12:10

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