‘Forthcoming’ is quite an old, formal word. It dates back to the 15th century and means ‘coming soon.’ Several hundred years ago there were similar words, but they have all dropped out of use (forthbring, forthcall, forthdo, forthgo, forthpass, forthset). Today it is often used in the context of announcements about books or movies that will be available soon. However, it is generally not in day-to-day conversational use.
When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
inclined to, uninclined to
integrity of, has integrity
intrinsic to, intrinsic qualities
Check the meanings of the words if you don’t already know them. Check the meanings of the various forms as sometimes they are different. You can check them at Time4english by clicking the words (http://www.time4english.com/aamain/lounge/awl.asp).
Complete the sentences. Choose the correct word and then use the correct form of the word.
- There are a lot of tests done to check the ______________ of the materials. (integrity, enormous)
- Some things like baby animals are ______________ interesting. (incline, intrinsic)
- There are many advance orders for his _______________ book. (intrinsic forthcoming)
- When a boss is exploitative, it can have a negative effect on workers who are sometimes _______________to work hard. (integrity, incline)
- The workload in this subject is ______________. (enormous, forthcoming)
Answers (in the wrong order)
5. enormous 3. forthcoming 2. intrinsically 1. integrity 4. uninclined/inclined