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    continuous/continue

    Hi,
    Are 'continuous' and 'continual' fine to use in the following sentence, and are they the same meaning?

    "Continuous/Continual practice is necessary if you want to type fast." Thanks.

    ps. the title should be 'continous/continual (not 'continue')
    Last edited by thru; 10-Feb-2007 at 19:07.

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    Re: continuous/continue

    “Continuous” refers to actions which are uninterrupted: “My upstairs neighbor played his stereo continuously from 6:00 PM to 3:30 AM.” Continual actions, however, need not be uninterrupted, only repeated: “My father continually urges me to get a job.”

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    Re: continuous/continue

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    “Continuous” refers to actions which are uninterrupted: “My upstairs neighbor played his stereo continuously from 6:00 PM to 3:30 AM.” Continual actions, however, need not be uninterrupted, only repeated: “My father continually urges me to get a job.”

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    Hi Casiopea,
    Thank you for your comment. I still can't figure out if 'continous' can be used in the context. I want to express that the action like ' practice' in the context is repeated actions. e.g. 'I practice how to type for an hour everyday. Therefore, I can improve my typing through continous/continual practice. Could you please tell me which word is fine here?

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: continuous/continue

    If it's every single day, then it's continual practice.
    If it's for an hour non-stop, then it's continuous practice.

    Which one would you like to emphasize?

    1. Continual means "repeated again and again."
    2. Continuous means "uninterrupted."

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    All the best.

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    Re: continuous/continue

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    If it's every single day, then it's continual practice.
    If it's for an hour non-stop, then it's continuous practice.

    Which one would you like to emphasize?

    1. Continual means "repeated again and again."
    2. Continuous means "uninterrupted."

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    Hi Casiopea,
    Thank you for your kind reply. But I think 'continual' can also means 'uninterrupted, according to dictionary. e.g. I practiced typing for an hour today. (non-stop) Could it also be continual practice?

    Thank you very much.

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