Is there a word or phrase to distinguish between imminently and in general? For example to differentiate between:

I'm dying (as in imminently)


I'm dying (as in all living things come to an end)

Now I realize that the latter is incredibly uncommon, but sometimes people mean that, and there's other cases:

You need to hand in your homework (as in the most recent assignment)


You need to hand in your homework (all homework in general)

Or do you just need to rely on context?

(Unsure if the tenses tag applies, will remove if necessary)


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There are words to help with such things, and you've used some already: imminently, eventually, continuously, generally, and so on. These are sometimes called adverbs of time.

You might even get away with ongoingly, defined as:

In an ongoing fashion.

In addition to ongoingly, continuously, and generally, other adverbs of time encoding indefinite but ongoing frequency include: regularly, habitually, and normally.

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