Why is it, "Je m'attendais à ce que tu me demandes en mariage"

DianeB2Kwiziq community member

Why is it, "Je m'attendais à ce que tu me demandes en mariage"

when this is usually a positive expectation, not a negative one. why wouldn't it be, "J'aattendais que tu me ...."
Asked 4 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Diane, Haha, I agree that it's probably not what you expect to hear ! In this context, rather than dread, this sentence could also reflect disappointment, like "I expected it, but you didn't.". Though to be honest, the main impression is definitely something like "Pffew, I was scared, I thought you were going to propose."!
AurélieKwiziq team member
If you said "J'attendais que tu me demandes en mariage." would be a more literal "I was waiting for you to propose.". To express the hope of a proposal, you would use another verb altogether, such as "J'espérais que tu me demanderais en mariage." (I hoped you'd propose.)
DianeB2Kwiziq community member
Ah! That makes sense. Thank you!

Why is it, "Je m'attendais à ce que tu me demandes en mariage"

when this is usually a positive expectation, not a negative one. why wouldn't it be, "J'aattendais que tu me ...."

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