Continually vs. Continuously

It is incorrect to use the words continuous and continual interchangeably because there is a difference between them.

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Meaning For a certain duration, on and off but with interruptions For a certain duration, uninterrupted

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While both adjectives describe duration, continuous indicates duration without interruption. For example, The continuous humming of the fluorescent lights gave him a headache.

Continual indicates duration that continues over a long period of time, but with intervals of interruption. For example, The continual street repair disrupted traffic for nearly two years.

The distinction between adverbs continuously and continually follows the same pattern. For example,

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Comments: Continually vs Continuously

Anonymous comments (2)

April 30, 2013, 7:31pm

I have been continually using these wrong for years!

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November 28, 2012, 1:00pm

thanks so much for clearing that up!

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