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qay

Senior Member
German
Can EXPECTANCY only be used to talk about life expectancy?

If not, which use would be correct:

The expectancy to be perfect / of being perfect?
 
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    "Life expectancy" is a fixed phrase and it refers to how long you can expect to live.

    You can look up "aspirations" in a thesaurus for some alternatives.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Expectancy can be used in various contexts. Which of your examples is better would depend on the context, but the gerund version is more likely. The word is often used without specifying what it relates to; for example: There was an almost tangible air of expectancy in the hall.
     
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