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SUSPECT, EXPECT, ANTICIPATE

To suspect is "to mistrust," "to surmise." Expect, in the sense of "look forward to," is preferable to anticipate, since anticipate also means "take up, perform, or realize beforehand;" as, "Some real lives do actually anticipate the happiness of heaven."

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EXPECT, SUSPECT, GUESS

Expect. To look forward to as certain or probable; feel assured of before the event; anticipate in thought.

Suspect 1. To imagine to exist; to have some though insufficient grounds for inferring; also, to have a vague notion of the existence of, without adequate proof; mistrust; surmise; often followed by an object clause — as, "I suspect that he is deceiving me." 2. To believe to be possibly guilty.

Guess. To judge, estimate, or conclude from slight indications or on mere probable grounds; anticipate or presume without sure knowledge or adequate evidence; hazard a supposition about; conjecture — as, to guess a person's age.

Do not use guess for expect, because the latter is used in speaking of future events looked forward to as probable or certain. When you have some though insufficient grounds for inferring a thing, use suspect. Expect cannot be used in speaking of the past. Note the following examples:

1. We expect a shipment of new refrigerators from our factory

within a week or two.

2. I suspect that he did not address the letter carefully.

3. Do not permit your customer to suspect that you are deceiving

him.

4. We could not even guess whether prices would advance or fall.

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