Building Vocabulary | Word of the Day


Correct pronunciation:



1. lasting for a very short time

2. lasting one day only

If you describe something as ephemeral, you mean that it lasts only for a short time.

 – Collins English Dictionary

Part of Speech (POS):


Why is it important to know a word’s part of speech?


Understanding the different parts of speech is important for understanding how words work and how words can and should be joined to make sentences that are grammatically correct. If a word has multiple meanings, then how are people supposed to differentiate what definition is applicable?


Context clues are hints found within a sentence, paragraph, or passage that a reader can use to understand the meanings of new or unfamiliar words. Readers will need to especially pay attention to context clues. Doing so will allow them to decide upon the appropriate definition to fit the context in which the word is being used.

Synonyms for the word ephemeral:

Remember, a synonym is a word or phrase that has the exact or near exact definition as another word or phrase.

• momentary

• temporary

• short-lived

• transitory

• transient

• fugacious

Other word forms of ephemeral

ephemerally = adverb

ephemeral = noun

Why is knowing various forms of a word important?


Knowing the various forms of a word allows the writer to use a word they like in many ways. This allows for creativity and varied sentence structure, which are important to writing well.

Below are forms of ephemeral used correctly in different sentence types:

• Because she battled a substance use disorder, Whitney Houston’s life was ephemeral. (Complex Sentence)

• Whitney Houston’s substance use disorder contributed to her death, and her ephemeral life ended tragically. (Compound Sentence)

• Although Whitney Houston was talented, she battled a substance use disorder, causing her to lose her voice, and her life ended ephemerally. (Compound-Complex Sentence) 

• Whitney said, “Life is ephemeral.” (Simple Sentence)

In the above examples, we have provided the four English sentence types as examples to give you a visual of how each sentence type should be structured.


1. Write three complex sentences using the word ephemeral.

A complex sentence is a sentence that contains one independent and at least one dependent clause. An independent clause is a complete thought that can stand alone as a sentence.

A dependent clause is not a complete thought. It is a sentence that depends on the independent clause.

2. Write two compound sentences using the word ephemeral.

A compound sentence is a sentence containing two or more independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon.

3. Write four simple sentences using the noun, adjective, and adverb word forms for ephemeral.

4. After proofreading your sentences, type them into the Leave a Reply/Leave a Comment section below (keep scrolling down).

5. Please review The 4 Types of Sentences workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category. At the very bottom of this page, you will find a search bar section where you can type in the words The 4 Types of Sentences to find it and other helpful workshops.

 6. Please review the Context Clues Workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category. At the very bottom of this page, you will find a search bar section where you can type in the words Context Clues Workshop to find the workshop and other helpful workshops.

 A member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback for the sentences you provide in the comment section below. If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to post those as well.

Writing Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word by consistently incorporating it into your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word.

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