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“Awaits for you” or “awaits you”? Ask Question Asked 2 years, 4 months ago Active 2 years, 4 months ago Viewed 46k times 6 1 Is it wrong to say: Happiness awaits for you? Is it totally wrong to put ‘for’ after awaits ? word-choice prepositions ellipsis redundancy Share Improve this question Follow edited Nov 29 '18 at 16:36 Jasper 23.

7k44 gold badges5151 silver badges8585 bronze badges asked Nov 29 '18 at 13:16 sdilly sdilly 42911 gold badge44 silver badges99 bronze badges Add a comment  |  4 Answers 4 Active Oldest Votes 14 Await has both transitive and intransitive uses; I believe most of the other answers are focused on the transitive usage, reading the sentence as [Happiness] [awaits for] [you], which is indeed non-idiomatic. You can wait for something or someone, or await something or someone, but you would not await for it. Happiness awaits for you is entirely grammatical when parsed as [Happiness awaits] [for you], however. This parsing would be more clear if awaits were followed by a comma, or inverted as For you happiness awaits. The prepositional phrase for you indicates the party affected by the awaiting, rather than the target of the awaiting. Consider these examples: A balcony awaits for dining alfresco. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer] The balcony is not waiting for alfresco dining, it is lying in store, or being availablet for alfresco dining. A move to Europe awaits for the hard working dead-ball specialist… [Sydney Morning Herald] The activity of moving to Europe, again, is not literally waiting for the player (Brandon O'Neill). Rather, the author is noting that the prospect of a move exists, and secondarily that it affects this player. That said, I don't think the phrasing awaits for is particularly common, perhaps to avoid confusion with the transitive usage, or the appearance that the author or publication has made an error. Share Improve this answer Follow answered Nov 29 '18 at 17:56 chosterchoster 17.5k33 gold badges4444 silver badges8080 bronze badges 2 Add a comment  |  9 ... awaits you or ... waits for you not ... awaits for you Share Improve this answer Follow answered Nov 29 '18 at 13:29 Jonathan race jonathan Race 43222 silver badges66 bronze badges 3 Add a comment  |  4 Await, by itself, means wait for. Thus, awaiting means waiting for; for example, "a whole new life was awaiting him in the new job" will be reframed as "a whole new life was waiting for him in the new job". Other examples: 1. The cat awaits the mouse to come out of the hole. 2. We've been awaiting over an hour now. 3. Happiness awaits you. Share Improve this answer Follow edited Nov 30 '18 at 13:59 answered Nov 29 '18 at 13:30 Utkarsh singh utkarsh Singh 12111 gold badge11 silver badge55 bronze badges 6  |  Show 1 more comment 3 Yes, it's ungrammatical to say: Happiness awaits for you. The verb await in the sentence is a transitive verb that is followed by a direct object; you don't use the preposition "for". So it's correct to say: Happiness awaits you. Instead of the await, you can use the intransitive verb wait, usually as (be) -ing form, followed by the preposition "for" as follows: Happainess waits for you/Hapiness is waiting for you. Share Improve this answer Follow edited Nov 30 '18 at 7:58 answered Nov 29 '18 at 15:30 khan khan 26.7k11 gold badge2424 silver badges4848 bronze badges 2 Add a comment  |  Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged word-choice prepositions ellipsis redundancy or ask your own question. Related 1 “ the first few days after we'd been done” — which one would you choose? 2 Do you say you feel pride 'for' something or you feel pride 'in' something? 0 How do you resolve this paradox? 1 What's the omitted subject in sentence “I noticed that you like A and would like to recommend B for you”? 0 Do you use “for” or “on” in this example? 0 Is it correct to use “too” in “Same to you, too” for emphasis? 1 Use of “for” after cost 4 on the truth quest vs in the quest for truth 0 “At a slow tempo” vs “in a slow tempo” Hot Network Questions more hot questions Question feed