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Woman: What are you doing here?

Man: Nothing.

Woman: You expect me to believe that? You slept with her, didn't you?

My question is if I could use 'want' in place of 'expect' and it would be just as natural in the context? Thank you.

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Want and Expect can mean two different things. In your sentence want and expect can be freely substituted. In the passionate context of confronting a cheating lover, the meaning of the sentence remains the same, I don't believe your lies. It would sound natural to hear either.

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  • @SandipKumarMandal - Entirely incorrect and off base. You are completely missing the point, failing to see the forest through the trees. They mean the same in the given context. When 'woman' says You expect/want me to believe that, she is saying, I think you are lying. Whether she uses expect or want to express her suspicion of deception does not change the meaning.
    – EllieK
    Commented Oct 7, 2021 at 19:54

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