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Imaginary and Imaginative

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The adjective imaginary means unreal, illusory, or fanciful.

The adjective imaginative means having or using the imagination in a creative way.

Examples:

  • To qualify as a utopia, the imaginary place should be an expression of human desires.

  • Bob Dylan's imaginative lyrics had a major influence on the music of the 1960s.

Practice:

(a) Abed was an artist with _____ ideas, but he often lacked the discipline to put them into practice.

(b) Anxiety is a disturbed state produced by real or _____ fears.


Answers to Practice Exercises

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