outstanding or eminent?

mojito forever

New Member
spanish Cuba
Hi,

I require some help with two terms... I can't elucidate which fits better:

"However, although international community accepted him as a member he was never recognized as an outstanding/eminent astronomer."

thanks in advance!
 
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Welcome to the forums, mojito forever!

    I think the two have different overtones.

    "Outstanding" to me, means 'better - by far - than others'; whereas "eminent" means 'famous/well-known/well-respected'.

    I agree with MuttQuad that "outstanding" works better in your sentence:).
     

    Roymalika

    Senior Member
    Punjabi
    Hi,

    Pakistan is eminent (famous/well-known) for economic crisis.

    There is so much economic crisis in Pakistan. The world knows Pakistan for its economic crisis. That's why Pakistan is well-known for its economic crisis.

    Have I used "eminent" correctly here?
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    Hi,

    Pakistan is eminent (famous/well-known) for economic crisis.

    There is so much economic crisis in Pakistan. The world knows Pakistan for its economic crisis. That's why Pakistan is well-known for its economic crisis.

    Have I used "eminent" correctly here?
    No: that just sounds really odd. :(

    For starters, "eminent" is only normally used to describe a person (or their contributions to something). Secondly, it usually denotes a positive quality rather than, as there, a negative one.
     
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