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Continually and Continuously!!! Big Confusion!!


Continually and Continuously!!! Big Confusion!!
Hi friends,
Today one of my clever students asked me about the difference between " continually" and " continuously" in the following sentence. Well I was a little bit confused.
Heidi has to wind the cuckoo clock continually to keep it running continuously.
Well, I explained it this way:
Yes, there is a slight difference, although most people (and even many dictionaries) treat them the same. Continually means repeatedly, with breaks in between. Continuously means without interruption, in an unbroken stream.
What do u think???
Thanks in advance.
Glad to have such a student who comes up with such Pesky questions now and then.Wink
P.S. Zora , here another pesky Q!!!!

30 Apr 2009      



I �d say that your logic behind this is correct my dear Nebal and therefore, I am not going to add anything else!! Wink

30 Apr 2009     


It sounds perfect and clear to me, too. How about publishing your own dictionary ??? :)

30 Apr 2009