Wondering what the difference is between ‘continually’ and ‘continuously’? We’ll go over that in detail in this article, plus teach you how to pronounce the word and use it in a sentence.
Don’t feel like skimming? Here’s the short answer:
As you can see, these words are not synonyms and should not be used interchangeably, as they often are.
The difference between the words is that ‘continuously’ refers to something that happens without stopping.
However, ‘continually’ means something that happens regularly or frequently.
These words sound similar but not completely the same, which means they can't be homophones.
Use ‘continually’ when you’re talking or writing about something that happens all the time.
Use ‘continuously’ when you’re referring to something that recurs nonstop.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘continually’ is:
Synonyms of the word include:
The same dictionary defines ‘continuously’ as:
The first known use of the word ‘continuously’ was in 1663, and it meant the same thing it means today.
Wondering how to pronounce these words? Here’s a short guide.
To pronounce ‘continually’ correctly, here’s the phonetic spelling:
To pronounce ‘continuously’ correctly, here’s the phonetic spelling:
Now that we know what the words mean and how to pronounce them let’s take a look at some examples of how to use them in a sentence correctly.
Now, let’s see some examples of ‘continuously’ in a sentence.
To recap, we learned that:
Remember, never use these words interchangeably because they don’t mean the same thing.
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