eventually

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ɪˈvɛntʃuəli/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(i vencho̅o̅ ə lē)


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eventually - finally
Be careful
Don't use ‘eventually’ when you mean that something might be true. Use possibly or perhaps.
Perhaps he'll call later.
‘eventually’ or ‘finally’
When something happens after a lot of delays or problems, you can say that it eventually happens or that it finally happens You use eventually when you want to emphasize that there were a lot of problems. You use finally when you want to emphasize the amount of time it took.
Eventually they got to the hospital.
I found Victoria Avenue eventually.
When John finally arrived, he said he'd lost his way.
‘finally’
You can also use finally to show that something happens last in a series of events.
The sky turned red, then purple, and finally black.
Don't use ‘eventually’ with this meaning, unless you want to emphasize that it happened after a lot of delays or problems.
You can also use finally to introduce a final point, ask a final question, or mention a final item.
Finally, Carol, can you tell us why you want this job?
Combine the flour and the cheese, and finally, add the milk.
Don't use ‘eventually’ with this meaning.
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