I don't know if the sentence below is correct:

"I wait for reply you message".

Can we make use of for with a simple form of the verb?

I usually type my sentence in the google's address bar then google suggest to me some sentences and if there is a sentence like what I want, I definitely use it.

  • This is not a good English sentence, but that has nothing to do with "wait for" which is a common phrasal verb.
    – Stuart F
    Nov 30, 2022 at 14:08
  • "I usually type my sentence in the google's address bar then google suggest to me some sentences" - that is not a very good way to find correct English sentences. Google doesn't really understand English grammar, and much of what it has "learned" is from people who are not native speakers.
    – stangdon
    Nov 30, 2022 at 15:17
  • What do you mean by "simple"? Are you asking about "I wait for", where "wait" is simple present? Or do you think "reply" is a simple verb? Or is it something else?
    – gotube
    Nov 30, 2022 at 23:23

2 Answers 2


No. I can't think of any contexts where for can be followed by the base form of a verb. (There are probably some rather rare ones, but none occur to me).

For, in its various senses, is normally followed by a noun phrase. The noun phrase can sometimes be an -ing clause (eg A reason for going), and sometimes a to infinitive clause with an expressed subject (A reason for him to go).

However, particular words often limit the kinds of object or complement they accept, and it happens that wait for does not usually accept an -ing clause. It does accept a to clause with a subject, though.


I'm waiting for your reply to my message or a reply to my message. (noun phrase - reply is a noun, not a verb)

I'm waiting for you to reply to my message. (to infinitive clause with expressed subject)

but not

*I'm waiting for replying to my message.


*I'm waiting for reply to my message.


In general, "I wait" would be for a general statement.

I wait for the bus every day at the bustop.

Here, you need the progressive "I'm waiting for a reply to my message [to you]."

Beginners often make this mistake in English. When you are actually doing something, use the progressive tense for transitive verbs.

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