Let's say things went the way we had hoped they would. Would it be appropriate, then, to say, 'our hopes were fulfilled' or is there a more acceptable or better expression? Apparently, 'things went the way we had hoped...' sounds good enough but I am wondering if there are other patterns or collocations for 'hopes'.

  • Hopes are invariably dashed. – Brian Hooper Feb 21 '14 at 13:15
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    @BrianHooper I prefer to hyphenate hopes :-) – Carl Witthoft Feb 21 '14 at 13:53
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    @Brian: But we're constantly being reminded wishes aren't horses (since if they were, beggars would ride), and adivsed to be careful what we wish for (in case it comes true in a way we're not expecting). On the other hand, dreams are often realised - so dream on! – FumbleFingers Feb 21 '14 at 17:21

Hopes come true also. Wishes, dreams, hopes..they all come true.

Examples from books:


Hopes are fulfilled also:


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Our hopes are REALISED (hopefully!).

Does that suit you?

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A dream coming true, assuming a literal dream as opposed to using "dream" as a synonym for a wild hope, means that some scenario you recall from a dream actually happened.

Fulfulling a hope, on the other hand, means an event or condition you wish for was granted (sort of like "granting a wish").

So, perhaps you could use "...our desires were met," or "the results were what we'd hoped for."

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