Pending and ImpendingPending and impending are close in meaning. Most Thesauruses will offer one as a synonym for the other, but they're not the same. Whilst confusing these words does not constitute a grammatical howler, you might portray yourself as a muddled thinker if you use the wrong one.
PendingThe adjective pending means awaiting an outcome (e.g., a decision, a settlement, a conclusion, or a confirmation). For example:
- There are four pending issues.
- The test results are pending.
- This business is pending.
- Good luck with the pending litigation.
- He was released on bail pending an appeal.
- Her trial is suspended pending further evidence.
ImpendingThe adjective impending means imminent or about to happen. It often carries a negative connotation (i.e., the imminent event will be bad). For example:
- They waited for the impending storm.
- Their impending demise ought to have been avoided.
- The battle is impending.
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