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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