Finally, eventually

..blah blah blah. In addition, cities provide and manage recycling of garbage, and provide waste disposal services. Eventually, most cities provide good drainage to prevent flooding.

I’m not sure this is what the writer meant. According to the dictionaryeventually means ‘in the end, especially after a long delay, dispute, or series of problems.‘  Our writer, however, is simply adding a final support to a debatable claim about cities:

  • In addition, cities provide and manage recycling of garbage, and provide waste disposal services. Finally, most cities provide good drainage to prevent flooding.

With eventually, we might have some thing like:

  • The people lobbied the government for years to improve drainage. They sent letters, held meetings, and marched regularly in front of the government offices. For years people’s houses were destroyed by floods until the situation become unbearable. Eventually the government agreed to fund a new drainage system.
The Suffragettes fought for, and eventually won, the right for women to vote.
The Suffragettes fought for, and eventually won,
the right for women to vote.

If you know of a problem that took a long time and a lot of effort to resolve, tell us about it in the comments below. And don’t forget to use eventually!

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