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Reply Sat 12 Dec, 2015 01:38 pm
Could I say this?

-If John manages to wait Mary, he will be very happy.

I am not sure about English, but in my mind and in some other languages, the sentence above would not work, because the meaning is strange: waiting is simply an act of attempt; it doesn' t tell you Mary will come or arrive in the end. There's no point saying John will be very happy. But I've heard non-natives using the structure this way.
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2015 05:06 am
"If John manages to wait for Mary . . ." would work. It would depend on context, though. For example: "John is dissatisfied with his relationship because Mary is not ready to make a commitment. If John manages to wait for Mary, he will be very happy." There is a standard locution used in descriptions of relationships, "to wait for," which means to wait until the other party is ready to make a commitment, get married, or otherwise consummate the relationship.
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2015 05:25 am
I often spend Saturday afternoons waiting for my wife outside shoe stores.
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Reply Sun 13 Dec, 2015 05:28 am
@WBYeats,
I agree with Setanta here, too.
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