Misused Words

Eminent and Imminent

Eminent, an adjective, means distinguished, such as an eminent scientist.

The university auditorium was packed with students eager to hear the eminent scientist, who had won a Nobel Prize.

Imminent, an adjective, means threatening, or about to happen, such as an imminent storm.

The picnickers left the park because of the imminent thunder storm.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) He gave away all of his personal belongings because of his (eminent, imminent) death.

(2) How fortunate we were to find such an (eminent, imminent) doctor!

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