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    This is the first question on my first day of membership...

    Hi everybody.
    If you could just tell me what the difference between " continually" and "continuously" is...
    thanks a lot...

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    Re: This is the first question on my first day of membership...

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    I tend to associate "continually" with "repeatedly" and "continuously" with "constantly". However, the meanings are so closely entwined that you can pretty much use them interchangeably.
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 21-Apr-2012 at 01:48.

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    Re: This is the first question on my first day of membership...

    Usage note at Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online
    Synonym Discussion of CONTINUAL

    continual, continuous, constant, incessant, perpetual, perennial mean characterized by continued occurrence or recurrence. continual often implies a close prolonged succession or recurrence <continual showers the whole weekend>. continuous usually implies an uninterrupted flow or spatial extension <football's oldest continuous rivalry>. constant implies uniform or persistent occurrence or recurrence <lived in constant pain>. incessant implies ceaseless or uninterrupted activity <annoyed by the incessant quarreling>. perpetual suggests unfailing repetition or lasting duration <a land of perpetual snowfall>. perennial implies enduring existence often through constant renewal <a perennial source of controversy>.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: This is the first question on my first day of membership...

    This is what I learnt at school 40 years ago, and it's apparently still true.
    1. "I've had a continuous headache for 5 years." 2. "I've been getting continual headaches for 5 years."
    With sentence 2, you have had periods of time in which you don't have a headache.


    Continual | Define Continual at Dictionary.com

    con·tin·u·ous

       [kuhn-tin-yoo-uhs] Show IPA
    adjective
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    uninterrupted in time; without cessation: continuouscoughing during the concert.

    con·tin·u·al

       [kuhn-tin-yoo-uhl] Show IPA
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    of regular or frequent recurrence; often repeated; veryfrequent: continual bus departures.

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    Re: This is the first question on my first day of membership...

    Welcome to the forum, ata jamei.

    Please note for the future that if your thread title had been Continually/continuously, the software would have found Similar Threads and listed them for you below.

    As you will see, said software has picked up day, question and membership from your title, which is no good to you on this occasion.

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