I can't wait until (that)

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Paulfromitaly

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Italian
Hello folk,

In an interview a non native English speaker (maybe an Italian or Spanish speaker) said:

I can't wait that my wife comes home.

I'd personally always say "I can't wait until my wife comes home".
Is the "that" version totally wrong or just not the best English?

Cheers.
 
  • Tabac

    Senior Member
    U. S. - English
    Hello folk,

    In an interview a non native English speaker (maybe an Italian or Spanish speaker) said:

    I can't wait that my wife comes home.

    I'd personally always say "I can't wait until my wife comes home".
    Is the "that" version totally wrong or just not the best English?

    Cheers.
    I've never hear 'that' in place of 'until' in this situation.
     

    jge0073

    Member
    USA English
    It is bad English. However, I have heard that construction in use in rural America and in some poetic usages.

    I can't wait that the sun will rise.

    Again, bad English, rare but not unheard of by native speakers.
     
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