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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

Homework
The word of the day for Mar. 15th is continual, spelled c-o-n-t-i-n-u-a-l.
Continual is an adjective that means continuing in definately in time without interruption. It can also means recuring in steady usually rapid succession.
Here is a word used in sentence. The continual blaring of the car laid outside made it very difficult for asking us focus on our work.
Since it was made in 19th century, many grammers had drawn a distinction between the words continual and continuous. They insist that continual sould only mean occuring at regular ***, as the teacher was annoyed by their continual interruptions. Whereas the continuous should used to mean being continuing withou interruption. As the battery provide powerful after 5 hours continuous use.
This distinction overlook is fact. The word continual is the old one and was used with 2 meanings for centuries before continuous appeared on the scene. The prescribed sense of continuous became stablished only in the 19 century, and never succeeded in completely driving out the equivalent sense of continual. Today continual is the more likely of the 2 to mean recuring, but it's also continuous to be used as a *** since the 14 century with the meaning continuing without interruption.
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