June 30, 2016



The word "wait" is used for the passing of time. The examples below show how it’s used as a verb:

simplepastpast participle
  • She’s waiting.
  • She’s waiting for a train to arrive.
  • She’s going to have to wait.
  • Just wait.
  • You’ll have to wait.
  • We’re waiting for a response.
  • John waited at the bus stop for the bus to arrive.
  • How long did you wait?
  • The person helping us made us wait.
  • I really don’t want to have to wait.
  • I can’t wait! or I can’t wait!

waiting for an elevator

They’re waiting for an elevator.

This word can also be used as a noun:

  • We had a long wait.
  • The wait was over two hours long.
  • Pedro had a short wait.
  • The wait was just five minutes.
  • How long was the wait?
  • What’s the wait?

The word "waiting" is often used as an adjective:

  • When you go to a doctor’s office, sometimes you remain in a waiting room until the doctor is ready to see you.
  • Waiting areas are provided for people who waiting for a plane to depart.
  • If you go to a busy restaurant, your name might go onto a waiting list as you wait for an available table.


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