Hello everyone,

Do the words 'waiting' and 'awaiting' mean the same?

In what context is each word used?

Thank you for your input Emotion: smile
1 2 3 4
to me they both mean the same
nevertheless, in daily life, people use mostly wait rather than await
The meanings overlapse, but the construction's different:
you await something
you wait FOR something
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
Hi Pieanne;
What do you prefer to use in following condition: If a medical test is sent and reports are not yet available to start/ stop the treatment?
'' The tests have been sent but the reports are awaited/ waited''
I think it is preferable to use awaited; can we use waited? if not why?
With best regards.
I'm not too familiar with medical English...
I'd say: "we are still waiting for the reports", "the reports aren't available yet", "we haven't been sent the reports yet"...
The tests have been sent but the reports are awaited

That sounds odd to me.

I sometimes see "awaiting the reports", but never "reports are awaited".

Perhaps someone else has a different opinion.
Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies
Neither "The reports are waited" or "The reports are awaited" is correct.
"to wait" is not transitive and therefore cannot be used in the passive voice.
While transitive, "to await" is not normally used in the passive voice.

We await your decision.
??? Your decision is awaited (by us).

You need something like the following:

The reports [are not yet available / are not ready yet / have not yet been received].

The reports are (still) [in process / being processed / being prepared / in progress / in the course of preparation / forthcoming].

My understanding is that normally sentences using stative verbs such as lack, resemble, and await cannot be changed to the passive.
One of the rules I have learned about English passive constructs of "X (=subject) be done by Y (=agent)" is that the state of X should be subject to some change (or affected) due to Y's doing. So "X is awaited by Y" is out of the rule. Probably we couldn't say "X is waited by Y" also.

Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos.
Show more