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‘continuous’ or ‘continual’?

Many learners use continuous and continual interchangeably. But actually they are different in meaning.

Continuous indicates duration without interruption.


Continuous monitoring of the patient’s condition proved crucial in his treatment.

Continual indicates duration that continues over a long period of time, but with intervals of interruption.


The continual street repairs disrupted traffic for nearly two years.



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