Misused Words

Perspective and Prospective

Perspective, a noun, means viewpoint.

We find it difficult to view the problem from his perspective.

Prospective, an adjective, means potential.

During the interview, he tried to be polite to his prospective boss.

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

(1) The salesman spoke softly to his (perspective, prospective) client.

(2) If you want to reconcile your differences, you must try to see the problem from his (perspective, prospective).

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