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People “Continually” Misuse “Continuous”

Rarely a day passes that I hear someone misuse continual, continuous, or both. I’ve decided that people don’t know which one to use because they don’t know what each words means.

Some dictionaries list them as synonyms, and perhaps they are. But true etymologists, of which I am not one but I wish I was, know that “continual” implies a steady repetition: This blog has been a continual source of enjoyment.

“Continuous” implies interrupted, steady and unbroken: It rained continuously for 40 days and 40 nights.

A true synonym of “continuous” is “incessant.” A true synonym of “continual” is “constant.”

Hopefully now everyone will stop continually misusing continuous.

Until next time! Use the right words!


July 25, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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