Esperar with or without preposition

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Esperar with or without preposition

The verb esperar (to wait, to expect, to hope) generally means “to wait”.

Espero a mi mujer.

I'm waiting for my wife.

Espero un paquete urgente.

I'm expecting an urgent parcel.

It can be used with or without a preposition.

  • Esperar + a is always used with people.

Espero a mi jefe en su despacho.

I'm waiting for my boss in his office.

  • Esperar is always used with things.

Espero un correo del presidente.

I'm expecting an email from the president.

  • Esperar + en is used to say where you are waiting.

Te espero en la estación.

I'll wait for you at the station.

Note: you can use the expression esperar un hijo (to expect a child), with no preposition, to say that someone is pregnant. 

Mi hermana espera una hija.

My sister is expecting a daughter.

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