Saturday, 1 October 2011

Continually 和 continuously 有分別嗎?


"Continually" 和 "continuously" 的意思都是「連續地」,但分別在於 "continually" 是連續但有中斷時間 (with pauses in between),而 "continuously" 則是連續而沒有中斷時間 (without pauses in between)。

舉例說: 

The rain fell continually for 2 hours with only a few pauses.  (correct) 
The rain fell continuously for 2 hours with only a few pauses.  (wrong!) 

I turned on the tap and the water flowed continuously.  (correct)
I turned on the tap and the water flowed continually.  (wrong!)

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