Usage of ‘WAIT’ & ‘AWAIT’
Wait & Await
AWAIT = to wait for something that you expect to happen
AWAIT is a transitive verb, so it must have an object; e.g.
i) I am awaiting your reply.
ii) She is awaiting a letter from her mother.
iii) They are awaiting the birth of their first baby.
iv) The bill is awaiting the approval of the government.
INCORRECT: We AWAIT FOR your reply and apologize for any inconvenience.
CORRECT: We AWAIT your reply and apologize for any inconvenience.
NOTE: The object of AWAIT is always a thing, not a person; e.g.
INCORRECT: I am awaiting you.
CORRECT: I am awaiting your response.
WAIT = to stay in one place because you expect that something will happen
Verb WAIT does not require an object. If it’s a person or thing after the verb WAIT we use WAIT FOR; e.g.
i) We are all waiting for you. (not We are waiting you.)
ii) I have been waiting for a bus for two hours.
iii) We are waiting for his call. OR We are awaiting his call.
NOTE-I: With WAIT + TIME we can use it with or without FOR; e.g.
i) Put a tea bag into the cup, then add water and wait a minute or two before taking it out.
= Put a tea bag into the cup, then add water and wait for a minute or two before taking it out.
ii) I phoned the head office but I had to wait five minutes before I spoke to anyone.
= I phoned the head office but I had to wait for five minutes before I spoke to anyone.
iii) We waited hours to get the tickets.
= We waited for hours to get the tickets.
iv) Can you wait five minutes?
= Can you wait for five minutes?
v) We’ve been waiting ages.
= We’ve been waiting for ages.
NOTE-II: WAIT can also be followed by an infinitive; e.g.
i) The passengers were waiting to catch the bus.
ii) I am waiting to hear from him.
NOTE-III: We can use WAIT on its own, but can’t use AWAIT like this; e.g.
INCORRECT: I’ll await until he arrives.
CORRECT: I’ll wait until he arrives.