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    biannual or semiannual

    I have a question.

    which word is suitable for the blank?

    Spending time at my grandfather's house was a ( ) event; we visited twice every year for summer and winter vacations.
    1. semiannual
    2. traditional
    3. biannual
    4. delightful

    I think "semiannual" means twice a year, and so does "biannual".

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    Re: biannual or semiannual

    Quote Originally Posted by mochimochi View Post
    I have a question.

    which word is suitable for the blank?

    Spending time at my grandfather's house was a ( ) event; we visited twice every year for summer and winter vacations.
    1. semiannual
    2. traditional
    3. biannual
    4. delightful

    I think "semiannual" means twice a year, and so does "biannual".
    I agree.

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    Re: biannual or semiannual

    I know what they're looking for, but 4) also works.

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    Re: biannual or semiannual

    Thanks

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    Re: biannual or semiannual

    Thanks
    Then "semiannual", "biannual" and "delightful" are suitable, aren't they?

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    Re: biannual or semiannual

    I would use "biannual" to mean every two years. Not twice a year.

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    Re: biannual or semiannual

    'Biannual' is twice a year, 'biennial' every two years. Lots of people get them wrong.

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