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    naja1992 is offline Newbie
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    Smile Prevailing/prevalent

    what is the difference between prevailing and prevalent?
    when should i use prevailing and when should i use prevalent?

    thank you so much!

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    svartnik is offline Banned
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    Default Re: Prevailing/prevalent

    'prevailing' is a present participle, a verbal, and it has the potential to function adjectivally. 'prevalent' is an adj.

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    Default Re: Prevailing/prevalent

    Quote Originally Posted by naja1992 View Post
    what is the difference between prevailing and prevalent?
    when should i use prevailing and when should i use prevalent?

    thank you so much!
    If something is "prevalent", it is common and easily found. If something is "prevailing", it is predominant, which could indicate greater power or influence. However, prevalent simply means that something is common.

    prevalent: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    Widely or commonly occurring, existing, accepted, or practiced.

    prevailing: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com
    1. Most frequent or common; predominant.
    2. Generally current; widespread.
    SYNONYMS prevailing, prevalent, current. These adjectives denote what exists or is encountered generally at a particular time. Prevailing applies to what is most frequent or common at a certain time or in a certain place: took a poll to find the prevailing opinion. Prevalent suggests widespread existence or occurrence but does not imply predominance: a belief that was prevalent in the Middle Ages. Current often stresses the present time and is frequently applied to what is subject to frequent change: current psychoanalytic theories.

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    Default Re: Prevailing/prevalent

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    'prevailing' is a present participle, a verbal, and it has the potential to function adjectivally. 'prevalent' is an adj.
    That's true.

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