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‘especially’ or ‘specially’?

Especially and specially can often both be used with the same meaning. However, here are some points that you can note about it:

1. ‘especially’ is often used to mean ‘above all.’
Example: I like all kinds of sweets, especially gulabjamun.
2. ‘especially’ follows a subject.
Example: We all like music. My mother, especially, is very enthusiastic about
buying new records and going to shows.
3. ‘especially’ is preferred before prepositions and conjunctions.
Example: I drink a lot of coffee, especially when I’m working. / We love to go
swimming, especially in summer.
4. ‘specially’ is used with a past participle, to mean ‘a particular purpose.’
Example: Those cookies were specially made for me.
5. ‘special’ is normally used as adjective.
Example: He took special trouble over his work.



One thought on “‘especially’ or ‘specially’?

  1. I was asked this question in a grammar class once and this was the answer that I found in the Internet http://englishpost.org/2012/06/18/special-or-especial/

    Posted by JManuelCamposN | April 3, 2013, 10:58 pm

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