大李 發問時間: 社會與文化語言 · 1 0 年前

請問 Wait on / for

我記得

wait for = 等待

wait on = 服待

但是有個老外不只一次在信上以 wait on 表達等待,例如,

I am waiting on the reports for the items in the xxxx; once I receive that and they are ...

我也不好意思問他,畢竟英文是他的母語,我去懷疑他的用語

有點怪怪的,請問 wait on , wait for 之間可以畫等號嗎?

3 個解答

評分
  • Elisa
    Lv 7
    1 0 年前
    最佳解答

    請問 wait on , wait for 之間可以畫等號嗎?

    No. 在 “等待” 的含義上有一些不同. There is nothing wrong with his statement. He is correct.

    Wait on 有等待, 指望的含義 (來作決定)

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/wait%20on

    (1) to await (an event) 等待, 指望, 依靠

    We're waiting on their decision to close the school

    => We are relying on that decision to close the school

    We are waiting on the Super Powers to save us.

    => We are relying on the Super Powers to save us.

    We are waiting on his answer. Once we get that, we will be able to close our issue.

    => We are counting on his answer to close the issue.

    I am waiting on the reports (for the items in the xxx); once I receive that and they are good, I can then close this case.

    => I am counting on the reports to close this case.

    (2) to perform the duties of an attendant or servant for. 服務

    He waits on the customers in a Chinese restaurant.

    (3) to supply the wants of a person 伺候

    He waits on his wife hand and foot

    (4) to call upon or visit (a person, esp. a superior) 等候 (上級人士的來臨)

    He waits on President Obama at the guest house of the White House.

    Sometimes considered objectionable in standard usage, the idiom wait on meaning “to wait for, to await (a person)” is most common in the Midland and Southern United States .

    Wait on = 等待(人), 不是標準的用法,常見用在美國內地和南部。

    Let's not wait on Rachel, she's always late.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/wait%20for

    Wait for

    等待 (人,物), 期望(事情的發生)

    I am waiting for Peter to show up.

    I am waiting for the housekeeper to come before I leave the house.

    I am waiting for a letter to arrive.

    Can you see the difference?

    參考資料: Myself. Went abroad at age 11. 32 years of experience speaking and writing English. A project manager in the US since 1992
  • Kevin
    Lv 7
    1 0 年前

    Learned again! Thanks Elisa.

  • rhody
    Lv 7
    1 0 年前

    你的認知沒錯,你的老外朋友也沒錯,是你看錯了。

    I am waiting on the reports for the items in the xxxx; once I receive that and they are ...

    把on the reports 和for the items 對調一下

    I am waiting for the items on the reports in the xxxx; once I receive that and they are ...

    是不是順眼多了

    2009-06-24 03:38:20 補充:

    若in the xxxx是items的形容詞片語,也要和items一起前調

還有問題?馬上發問,尋求解答。