"look forward to hearing your decision"?


Which one is better (or something else)?

"I am looking forward to your decision."

"I am looking forward to hearing your decision."

"I am looking forward to hearing from you about your decision."

The context is emails about application to graduate schools and jobs.


Posted 2013-11-13T16:42:15.157

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Rather than “I am looking forward to...” write “I look forward to...”. With that change made, the second choice becomes

I look forward to hearing your decision

which I think is preferable to the other choices. It is better than the first because it is not the decision itself that you await, but hearing the decision. It is better than the third because in “hearing from you” the words “from you” are superfluous.

James Waldby - jwpat7

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But, since this is all emails, how could hearing be the appropriate word choice? You only get to see the email and learn their decision or thoughts from it. You don't hear, right? – Hari Harker – 2016-12-13T06:58:48.400


@HariHarker, indeed, most email is read rather than heard aloud. However, in en.wiktionary's entry for hear, sense #5 is “To receive information about; to come to learn of”, and that's the applicable sense here.

– James Waldby - jwpat7 – 2016-12-13T18:27:48.347

@jwpat7 Thanks for the explanation. It makes sense but I wish there was an alternative to convey more precisely as I assume most of them don't read it with the #5 meaning of hear. – Hari Harker – 2016-12-14T08:33:45.943

@HariHarker, While many readers may be unaware of that sense of hear, I imagine most will perceive, easily enough, its metaphorical use in “I look forward to hearing your decision”. Some decisions are communicated verbally, others in writing, with parallel effect. (The idea of metaphor that I refer to is somewhat like that mentioned in an answer of John Lawler on an unrelated topic)

– James Waldby - jwpat7 – 2016-12-15T04:32:44.760

1And #2 is pretty much the conventional phrasing. – Jay – 2013-11-13T17:13:52.877