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[word-lover] 【整理】2011-03-15 How to Use a Word

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[Homework]2011-03-15 How to Use a Word

Word of the day for March 15th is continual. Spelled continual. Continual is an adjetive that means continuing indefinitely in time without interruption.It can also mean  recurring in steady ususlly rapid succession. Here's the word used in a sentence. The continual  of the car  outside made it very difficult for us to focus on our work. Since the mid-19th century, many    Americans have drawn a distinction between the words continual and continuous. They insist that continual should only mean occuring at regular intervals as in the teacher was annoyed by their continual interruptions, whereaes continuous should be used to mean continuing without interruption as in the battery provided power for up to 5 hours of continuous use. This distinction overlooks the fact that the word continual is the older one and was used with both meanings for centuries before continuous appeared on the scene. The         sense of continuous is became established  only in the 19th-century and it never succeeded in compeletely driving out the equivalent sense of continual. Today, continual is the more likely of the two to mean recuring, but it also continues to be used as it has been since the 14th-century with the meaning continuing without interruption.
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