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What is the difference between 'prospective' and 'perspective'?

What is the difference between 'prospective' and 'perspective'?

The words prospective and perspective are often confused by writers. But what is the difference?

Perspective means a view, vista, or outlook when used as a noun.

Prospective means likely or expected to happen or become when used as an adjective.

A good way to remember the difference is You can PERceive a PERspective.

Out of the two words, 'perspective' is the most common. It appears about four times more frequently than 'prospective'.



Perspective and prospective are easy to confuse because they look and sound similar. Here are their meanings:

Perspective is a noun. It means "a mental outlook or visibile scene, a vista, a way of looking at something."

Prospective is an adjective. It means "in the future, likely or expected."

Is the phrase 'prospective randomized trial comparing' or 'perspective randomized trial comparing'?

The correct expression is 'prospective randomized trial comparing'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Should I use 'prospective randomized clinical trial' or 'perspective randomized clinical trial'?

The correct phrase is 'prospective randomized clinical trial'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Should I use 'prospective randomized clinical trials' or 'perspective randomized clinical trials'?

You should use 'prospective randomized clinical trials'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Which is right 'prospective randomized controlled trial' or 'perspective randomized controlled trial'?

The right expression is 'prospective randomized controlled trial'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

What's the correct phrase 'prospective randomized trials comparing' or 'perspective randomized trials comparing'?

The right phrase is 'prospective randomized trials comparing'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the right expression 'from the perspective of' or 'from the prospective of'?

The correct phrase is 'from the perspective of'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Which is correct 'the perspective of the' or 'the prospective of the'?

The correct expression is 'the perspective of the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the phrase 'this perspective , the' or 'this prospective , the'?

You should use 'this perspective , the'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the correct phrase 'the perspective of a' or 'the prospective of a'?

You should use 'the perspective of a'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

What's the correct phrase ', from the perspective' or ', from the prospective'?

You should use ', from the perspective'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Some synonyms of prospective are: potential, future , likely.

Some synonyms of perspective are: aspect, viewpoint, outlook, vista, way of thinking.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary and Dictionary.com.

Dictionary Definition of prospectiveDictionary Definition of perspective

Examples of prospective in a sentence

It was as if I was going to show it to a prospective buyer any moment.
- Last scene alive by Charlaine Harris
Brin went heli-skiing with one prospective CEO who boasted that he was an expert at the sport.
- Googled by Ken Auletta
A miai was the formal first meeting between a prospective bride and groom and their families.
- The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria by Laura Joh Rowland
Using discovery questions enables you to identify who your prospective customers are.
- Website Optimization by Andrew B. King
Bank, in New York City, to secure a prospective customer
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Examples of perspective in a sentence

Before the age of ballooning, nobody ever experienced Earth from an aerial perspective.
- Collider by Paul Halpern
Talk about losing perspective.
- Lord, Change My Attitude: Before Its Too Late by James MacDonald
They keep everything in perspective.”
- Evan and Elle by Rhys Bowen
I was sad about that from a design perspective and from a home-visit perspective.
- Gunn's Golden Rules by Tim Gunn
In the morning, you’ll see this in perspective.
- Mystery by Peter Straub
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