wait on vs wait for : Common Errors in English

About wait on vs wait for

In some dialects it’s common to say that you’re waiting on people or events when in standard English we would say you’re waiting for them. Waiters wait on people, so it’s all right to say “I’m tired of waiting on you hand and foot”; but you shouldn’t say “I’m waiting on you down here at the police station; bring the bail money so I can come home.”

wait on Meaning(s)

  • (v) work for or be a servant to

wait on in News

wait for in News

  1. Murray Begins Push to Win Wimbledon

    A back injury should lessen hopes for Andy Murray to end a 77-year wait for a British men’s singles winner at Wimbledon, but it probably will not.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: New York Times

  2. Cabinet nominees left hanging

    It’ll be a summer of waiting as some Obama picks wait for the Senate to act.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Washington Post

  3. Wait for These Overpriced Dividend Stocks to Fall

    Wait for These Overpriced Dividend Stocks to Fall        
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

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