Your account is pending activation.

I have seen this sentence on some websites after an account creation. Is this sentence correct? If so, is pending activation an adjective?

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    Pending is a verb. Activation is a noun.
    – Robusto
    Jul 31, 2017 at 1:05
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    "Pending activation" is a verb phrase serving as the complement of the copula. Jul 31, 2017 at 2:17
  • I think it should be - > Your account activation is pending
    – Naren.P
    Jul 31, 2017 at 5:10
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    Even if this for some reason isn't grammatically correct, it's definitely a perfectly acceptable idiom. I'm not a grammar expert, but I'm a native speaker...to me, "pending activation" seems like an adjectival phrase. "Pending activation" is the "state" your account is in.
    – mlecoz
    Dec 30, 2017 at 5:35
  • @mlecoz, I really appreciate your comment. Thanks! Dec 31, 2017 at 5:00

2 Answers 2


Yes, your sentence is grammatically and idiomatically correct. "Pending activation" describes the current status of your account.


Your account is pending activation.

The sentence is grammatical.

The term pending is a preposition in the sentence. If something is done/is depending a future event, it's done/is in a state until that event happens. The word activation is a future event here. Another example:

Hs was released on bail until further inquiries (Oxford).

The "pending" can also be used as an adjective. For example:

It's a pending case.

This case is still pending.

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