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rosa87

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1. Could you please clarify the difference between 'especially' and 'specially'?

2. is the following sentence grammatically correct? " It's important that learners not be influenced by..."
I would appreciate it if you provide more similar examples!

3. what preposition do we usually use with the word 'website'? on or at?

Thanks in advance!:)
 

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1. Could you please clarify the difference between 'especially' and 'specially'?

2. is the following sentence grammatically correct? " It's important that learners not be influenced by..."
I would appreciate it if you provide more similar examples!

3. what preposition do we usually use with the word 'website'? on or at?

Thanks in advance!:)

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Good afternoon, Rosa.

(1) Yes, these two words are very confusing.

(2) If you study these two sentences, maybe you can get an idea

of how these two adverbs differ:


(a) Last year, I went to Japan specially to learn the language.

(i) That is the one reason I went.

(b) Last year, I went to Japan, especially to learn the language.

(i) To study the language was my number one reason, but there

were other reasons, too (for example, to view the cherry blossoms,

ride the bullet train, etc.).

Have a nice day!
 

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1. Could you please clarify the difference between 'especially' and 'specially'?

The Parser suggests that there is a difference in meaning, but in actual fact there is a lot of overlap. As the Oxford English Dictionary writes 'the preference for one word over the other is linked with particular conventions of use rather than with any deep difference in meaning'. 'Especially' is much more common than 'specially' and when we mean 'for a specific purpose', I would be more inclined to use, well, 'specifically' than 'specially':

'I went to Japan specifically to learn Japanese.'

Personally, to be honest, I probably hardly ever say 'specially'. Mind you I also probably say 'particularly' more than 'especially' (although the meanings are not always the same).

: 3. what preposition do we usually use with the word 'website'? on or at?

on Amazon's website but at www.amazon.com

Thanks in advance!:)

Bertie
 

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1. Could you please clarify the difference between 'especially' and 'specially'?

2. is the following sentence grammatically correct? " It's important that learners not be influenced by..."
I would appreciate it if you provide more similar examples!

3. what preposition do we usually use with the word 'website'? on or at?

Thanks in advance!:)

Hi


Especially and specially are adverbs and special is an adjective.
I usually use especially as an adverb.

It is important that learners not be influenced by... - is correct. Here, we have the Subjunctive mood [ synthetic form ], or you could write it :

It is important that learners should not be influenced by... - correct - the Subjunctive mood - analytic.

The correct preposition used with website is on [website], or for websites [ it depends on the meaning ]
 

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Why not 'on' with the plural? Can you give me an example with 'for'?

Oh, I think I`ve made a mistake when I used separately singular and plural. My point was that the words website / websites could be used with the preposition on or with for [ different meanings ]:

What are you looking for?
I`m looking for a website / some websites on health care.
Is my sentence correct?
In my sentence I noticed that for is a part of a phrasal verb.:)

How shall I say : Go to website on health care [or ] / Go on website on health care?

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Oh, I think I`ve made a mistake when I used separately singular and plural. My point was that the words website / websites could be used with the preposition on or with for [ different meanings ]:

What are you looking for?
I`m looking for a website / some websites on health care.
Is my sentence correct? Yes, although 'some' is not needed with the plural
In my sentence I noticed that for is a part of a phrasal verb.:)

How shall I say : Go to website on health care [or ] / Go on website on health care? 'to', although I'd sooner say 'visit a website' in this sentence

Thanks.

Bertie
 

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Don't mention it! And just to say, you may be a non-native but your English is extremely advanced. Now, I really am going to say, 'Bye for now!' Dr Who beckons.
 

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Don't mention it! And just to say, you may be a non-native but your English is extremely advanced. Now, I really am going to say, 'Bye for now!' Dr Who beckons.

Thank you so much for your kind appreciation. Bye.
 
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