When do we use the word eventually

I don't know Italian, but from your question I think that the Italian word you are citing has a slightly different meaning.

As MattEllen explains, the English word "eventually" means "after a long time" or "after a great effort and struggle". From your description, the Italian word "eventualmente" means something like "a hope" or "a long term goal that I may or may not attain". This is quite different from the English word. The English word implies that we expect the event to happen. Not a certainly, I suppose, but something that you have every reason to believe will happen. It's very much like if you said, "I will come back tomorrow". I wouldn't say that this means that there is absolutely no possibility that you will NOT come back tomorrow, but you intend to and you have every reason to think you will.

If you said, "My plan is to get a job at a local newspaper and eventually work for 'The Times'", an English-speaker would understand you to mean that you think you really are going to end up at The Times, not just that this is some vague hope or wish.

Of course like any verb, the meaning can be muted if you use qualifiers. If you say, "I want to eventually work for The Times" or "My dream is to eventually work for The Times", then you're explicitly saying that it is not a certainty.

answered Apr 16 '13 at 14:10


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