There are four basic English grammar patterns when using wait.
We use wait for + [someone/something]
- I was waiting for the train in the rain this morning.
- Can you wait for me? I’ll be ready in five minutes.
- Jack said he is still waiting for the package from his sister.
We also use wait for + [someone/something] + [to verb]
- I was waiting for the train to arrive.
- Can you wait for me to go out? I’ll be ready soon.
- Jack is waiting for the package to be delivered.
We use wait + [time] without a preposition after wait.
- I waited ten minutes for the train.
- Can you wait five minutes?
- Jack waited all day, but the package didn’t arrive.
Lastly, we use wait + [to verb]
- I waited to hear the results of the exam.
- You have to wait to eat the soup because it’s hot.
- I’ve waited to buy a new watch because I am saving the money to buy it.