WAIT vs AWAIT – What’s the Difference?

Wait vs Await, how to use them correctly?

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Hey Sir. I hope everything goes well with you. I wonder if you will do me a favour and explain the exact difference between WAIT and AWAIT? Your assistance is really appreciated. 🙏




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Difference WAIT vs AWAIT

First of all, thank you for this question!

Many students get these two verbs confused 😕 so let’s review the difference between WAIT and AWAIT in detail.


1. AWAIT is way more formal. We normally don’t use in everyday conversations. It is mainly used in formal letters and emails. For example, if you are expecting a reply from someone, you can use it at the end of your letter/email:

I’m awaiting your reply.

I’m awaiting your answer.

2. The verb AWAIT must be followed by an object. You can’t use it on its own.

I’m awaiting two packages.

3. The verb AWAIT can only be used with things. We can’t use it when we’re talking about people.

I’m awaiting you. – Incorrect

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1. WAIT must be used with a preposition (FOR or ON)


I’m waiting for a bus.

I had to wait for the water to boil.

Wait on here till the bus comes.

2. When we use WAIT we usually mention the length of time you that you have been waiting.

I’ve been waiting for you for ages.

3. We can use WAIT on its own.

We have been waiting and waiting to show our store to you and the day is finally here!

4. We can also use WAIT with another verb.

Yesterday, I waited in a queue for 2 hours to withdraw money.

5. We can use WAIT with both things and people.

I am waiting for Lucy to call me back.

While I was waiting for the bus, I read a magazine.

If you find WAIT and AWAIT confusing, I would suggest that you use WAIT FOR and use AWAIT only in your written English.

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