perspective vs prospective : Common Errors in English

perspective or prospective

“Perspective” has to do with sight, as in painting, and is usually a noun. “Prospective” generally has to do with the future (compare with “What are your prospects, young man?”) and is usually an adjective. But beware: there is also a rather old-fashioned but fairly common meaning of the word “prospect” that has to do with sight: “as he climbed the mountain, a vast prospect opened up before him.”
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  • n  a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
  • n  the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer

  • a  of or concerned with or related to the future
    prospective earnings
    a prospective mother
    a prospective bride
    the statute is solely prospective in operation
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