False Friend of the Week – Dec. 5

During 2016 we present one false friend each week.

eventuell (DE) = possible, possibly, perhaps (EN)

eventual/eventually (EN) = schliesslich (DE)

Example – possible (adj.): Always use a formal writing style when corresponding with possible clients.

Example – possibly (adv.): We are possibly the only company in the city that offers customers a full range of services in our field.

Example – perhaps (adv.): Perhaps we should restructure the department.

Example – eventual (adj.):  It’s difficult to predict the eventual outcome of the company’s financial situation, but the future doesn’t look very bright.

Example – eventually (adv.): With a lot of practice,  you’ll eventually master the present perfect verb tense in English.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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