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    'especially' vs 'specially'

    Can we say 'specially' is the spoken form of the 'especially'?

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    Re: 'especially' vs 'specially'

    No.

    Many native speakers do not make a clear difference between the two words. If they do, it is not a speech/writing difference.

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    Re: 'especially' vs 'specially'

    These are two different words with very different uses. Confusingly, they can sound very similar, even identical, in fast, fluent speech.

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    Re: 'especially' vs 'specially'

    See also the Similar Threads below.

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    Re: 'especially' vs 'specially'

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    These are two different words with very different uses.
    There are contexts in which one is appropriate and the other is not, though I suspect that many native speakers are clear about this. There are also times when there is no significant difference.

    I don't think many people will worry, or even notice, if a learner makes what purists would consider to be the wrong choice.

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    Re: 'especially' vs 'specially'

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    There are contexts in which one is appropriate and the other is not... There are also times when there is no significant difference.

    I don't think many people will worry, or even notice, if a learner makes what purists would consider to be the wrong choice.
    When is there no significant difference?

    This is the kind of thing that keeps me awake at night.

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    #7

    Re: 'especially' vs 'specially'

    The site I linked to gave this example:

    Generally speaking, especiallyand specially both mean ‘particularly’. The preference for using one word instead of the other is down to particular conventions of use rather than any deep difference in meaning. There is little to choose between:
    I made it especially for Jonathan.
    or:
    I made it specially for Jonathan.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-May-2017 at 13:38.

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    #8

    Re: 'especially' vs 'specially'

    Although both words make sense in the above example, the two words are rarely interchangeable. (I think only when they are followed with for...)

    I fear that since the information in the link does not illustrate sufficiently the uses of especially, it is therefore potentially misleading and confusing. Of course the difference is down to "particular conventions of use"!

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