When it comes to success in PTE, Sahasriya leads the way with over 2500 students. In Bengaluru or Chennai-Velachery and Porur or Coimbatore, the best success rate destination always ends up at Sahasriya. Thats why Sahasriya provides value to students through its Interesting English series too. Everyday’s note on important aspects of English language is a standing example of narrating experiences of success in PTE from Sahasriya.  Today, it is about ‘Awaiting’ and ‘Waiting’.

When two words have largely the same meaning, it can be difficult to choose between them. Waiting and awaiting are both perfectly fine words with similar meanings, so which should you use?

In part, it depends on the structure of your sentence. As we will see, waiting and awaiting are not always interchangeable, depending on how you use them in context.

When to Use Waiting

Success in PTE Awaiting WaitingWhat does waiting mean? Waiting is the present participle conjugation of the verb wait.

The word wait has multiple meanings, including a hidden place, as in the phrase lie in wait. Here, though, I will focus on its meaning as a verb that means to delay in expectation of something happening.

A person might wait for a bus, for instance, or a puppy might wait for its owner to come home from the store with doggy biscuits.

Here are a few more examples,

  • “I will wait here while you find a way to convince me that you are still interested in making our relationship work,” Tanya said to Vikram.
  • “Time waits for no man,” goes the old proverb.

Conjugations of Wait

  • I/we wait: first person singular and plural present
  • You wait: second person singular and plural present
  • He/she/it waits: third person singular present
  • They wait: third person plural present
  • Waiting: present participle
  • Waited: simple past
When to Use Awaiting

Success in PTE AwaitingWhat does await mean? Await is another verb that means to delay in expectation of something happeningAwaiting is its present participle.

While await and wait are similar in terms of meaning, they differ in usage.

  • Wait can be used without an object, like in the sentence I am waiting.
  • Await, meanwhile, requires an object.

The sentence I am awaiting is improperly constructed; you must be awaiting something. I am awaiting your response would be a more appropriate construction.

Here are some examples,

  • I await the exciting conclusion of the TV series.
  • “I await your payment,” said the shopkeeper as he dropped the items purchased by the customer at her client’s feet.

Both wait and await are very old words. Await is slightly older and first appeared in English in the 13th century. Wait came to prominence about 100 years later.

Trick to Remember the Difference

define waiting define awaiting Waiting can be used on its own or with an object. Awaiting is a transitive verb that requires an object.

  • If you want to keep your sentence simple and omit an object, you must use wait.
  • Otherwise, you could use either wait or await with an object.

Wait is a bit cleaner and more contemporary, while await could be useful if you need a more formal tone, like in wedding invitations.

Await has additional letters, and requires additional words to make sentences work. These extra letters and words are your clue that await needs to be used with an object to be grammatical.


Is it waiting or awaiting? Waiting and awaiting are verbs that mean to delay in expectation of something happening.

  • Awaiting is a transitive verb and requires an object.
  • Waiting is an intransitive verb that can be used with or without one.

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About Govind Desikan

AvatarGovind, a master of English language has taken to sharing his experience on English language and focus specifically on finer inputs on English language, IELTS and PTE exams through his posts here.

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