To have hope is to have a feeling that a situation will improve. A person feels optimistic that things will get better.

  • Jeff has a great deal of hope.
  • His teachers believe his work shows hope.
  • There’s a lot of hope in his future.
  • Hope is what keeps many people working through difficult periods in their lives.
  • You have to have some hope that things will get better.
  • Hope springs eternal. (This is an expression. It reflects a belief that a situation will get better.)

The word "high" is often used with "hopes" when one person or a group of people have good feelings about the future:

  • We have high hopes that our business will prosper.
  • Kevin’s parents have high hopes for his future.
  • Everyone has high hopes for him.
  • Everyone had high hopes for Kathryn, but then she let her family down when she decided not to go to college.

In these sentences, the word "hope" is a verb:

simplepastpast participle
  • I hope you’re feeling better.
  • Hope you have a nice trip!
  • Let’s hope everything goes well today.
  • Bob and Edwina hope to get married next year.
  • Rhonda hopes to get into a good college.
  • We’re hoping for good weather today because we’re having a picnic. (picnic = eat outside)
  • What do you hope to get for your birthday?
  • Beiran had hoped to get the job that she interviewed for, but she didn’t get it. (This sentence uses "hope" in the past perfect tense.)

hope She’s hoping to go somewhere warm on her vacation.


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June 8, 2015