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Atatürk
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2019 4:13:56 PM

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Could you explain the difference between prominent and predominent with some examples? I've never managed to figure out the difference clearly enough to be able to use them in my own speech.
FounDit
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2019 6:30:42 PM

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Atatürk wrote:
Could you explain the difference between prominent and predominent with some examples? I've never managed to figure out the difference clearly enough to be able to use them in my own speech.


Prominent usually refers to something that stands out, or catches your attention. A person with very large ears would have a prominent feature. (He looks like a Volkswagen with the doors open ... Whistle ).

Predominate is more forceful, related to the word "dominate", so it can command, or control, or is larger/stronger/greater than another thing.

Some examples from TFD:

Prominent:

prominent eyebrows.
a product with a prominent place in the store. See Synonyms at noticeable.
a prominent poet.



Predominate:'

Good predominates over evil in many literary works.
French-speaking people predominate in Quebec.
Good sense predominated over anger.



NKM
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2019 6:34:16 PM

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Atatürk wrote:
Could you explain the difference between prominent and predominent with some examples? I've never managed to figure out the difference clearly enough to be able to use them in my own speech.

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A prominent person is someone who is well-known, but not necessarily more famous than some others.
"He is one of several prominent politicians running for office."

A predominant theory is one which is more widely accepted or better supported than its rivals.
"Newton's explanation of the laws of motion was predominant until Einstein's theory of relativity came to the fore."



By the way, note the spelling: predominant.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 5:34:30 AM

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It may not be EXACT, but I think of them as relative (comparative) and leading (superlative).
You can have some prominent things but only one predominant one.

Prominent is relative - something is 'noticeable' compared to the normal.
You can have several prominent personalities at an event.
The gallery always has a display of several prominent local artists' work.
Arthur C. Clarke, Anne McCaffrey and Isaac Asimov were prominent writers of the 1950s onwards.


Predominant is superlative - THE most noticeable, important or powerful.
The predominant cause of unemployment was automation.
The predominant fantasy author of the 1960s was JRR Tolkien.
Many of Picasso's paintings are predominantly blue.


As FounDit and NKM note - predominant - dominate - dominus -the master.

prominent - promontory - prominere - to stick out (prominent nose, prominent eyebrows).
Atatürk
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:01:43 AM

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Thank you very much all for your great explanations.
Ravindra
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:27:12 AM
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Great Drag0nspeaker.


If religion, instead of being the manifestation of a spiritual ideal, gives prominence to scriptures and external rites, then does it disturb the peace more than anything else.
Rabindranath Tagore


As equality increases, so does the number of people struggling for predominance.
Mason Cooley

ozok
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 12:10:11 PM
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Quote:

Arthur C. Clarke, Anne McCaffrey and Isaac Asimov were prominent writers of the 1950s onwards.


I would expect Drag0nspeaker to write:

Arthur C. Clarke, Anne McCaffrey and Isaac Asimov were prominent writers from the 1950s onwards.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 12:42:33 PM

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ozok wrote:
I would expect Drag0nspeaker to write:
Arthur C. Clarke, Anne McCaffrey and Isaac Asimov were prominent writers from the 1950s onwards.

It was one of those sentences which I wrote one way, then edited, then edited again - and ended up with a bit of a mess.

I think my first one was "Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov were prominent writers of the 1950s." - then "Arthur C. Clarke, Anne McCaffrey and Isaac Asimov were prominent writers of the 1950s."
Then I thought "But Anne McCaffrey was a bit younger than Clarke & Asimov and may not have been famous until the 60s" - so I changed it to "from" d'oh! .
Atatürk
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 3:23:15 PM

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That's okay Dragon. You're infallible, but slips are inevitable.
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