July 13, 2016
eventual (adjective)
\ih-VEN-shuh-wul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: coming at some later time : ultimate
How do you use it?
That fumble in the first quarter led to our team's eventual loss.
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Which of the sentences below use "eventual" correctly?

If you chose B, great job! It is the only sentence that uses "eventual" as an adjective and with the correct meaning. Sentence A uses "eventual" as an adverb and sentence C uses "eventual" as a noun. Sentence D correctly uses "eventual" as an adjective but incorrectly uses it to mean "initial." "Eventual" is most often used before a noun ("the eventual champion") and it tends to imply that whatever you are talking about is likely to have taken some time before happening at a later point ("the eventual downfall of the empire").
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