waiting to

benjaminlee

Senior Member
Chinese
My work Last Moments of an Ancient Town in Shangqiu is a documentary film about a small town waiting (going) to be demolished. (self-made)

It is not clear to me whether “waiting to” can be used in this context. It seems “wait” implies a better result than this. What do you think?
 
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    I don't understand your question. What are the two phrases you're trying to compare? In your example, "waiting to be" is correct.
     

    Cenzontle

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    I think I see what you're getting at, benjamin. Usually people "waiting to" do something are looking forward to doing something desirable.
    That's why they are waiting patiently—because eventually that good thing will happen and it will be worth the trouble of waiting.
    So "waiting to be demolished" is a little bit ironic. But I think the irony just helps to make the situation of the town more poignant.
    I think it's a good phrase for your purpose.
     
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