Learn English Vocabulary – Image, Imagine, & Imagination

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Building up your vocabulary is essential when you are learning a second language. In this English lesson, let’s look at the difference between image, imagine, and imagination. This will help you in your everyday English conversations, as well as on English tests such as the TOEIC exam.

I imagine you’ve already made your New Year’s resolutions and are working hard to make sure they are not just imagination. Many people make a New Year resolution to loose weight or exercise more, but sometimes the reality is different from their image. How about you?

A lot of students get confused with the English words image, imagine, and imagination. Today, I am going to show you the difference between these words and give you some example sentences to help you remember them.

Let’s start with imagine. Imagine is a verb, and is the key word & title of a very famous song by John Lennon. John asks us to imagine all the people, living life in peace!

  • I imagine visiting a tropical island must be nice.
  • Can you imagine what you would do if you won the lottery?
  • Jack said Vegas was better than he imagined.

Image is a noun. Image is like a picture or photo in your mind. As well, in the graphic design world, an image is a digital picture or graphic.

  • I still have the image of her face in my mind.
  • His stories are so detailed; you can really get a good image of the situation.
  • Let’s use these three images for the brochure.

Imagination is both the ability of the mind to imagine, and the part of the mind the images exist.

  • Those kids have vivid imaginations.
  • Imagination is the key to creativity.
  • Use your imagination and tell me a story about a far away land.

Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

You can even take your sentences and write them in the comments below. I would love to see your examples. And if you really want help with vocabulary, sign up for my free vocabulary workshop (see below).

If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!


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