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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

The word of the day for March 15th is continual,spelled C-O-N-T-I-N-U-A-L.Continual is an adjective that means continuing in definitely in time without interruption.It can also mean reoccuring in steady usually rapid succession.Here is the word used in a sentence:The continual blaring of the car alarm outside made it very difficult for us to focus on our work.
Since the mid 19th century,many // 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. wheres continuous should be used to mean continuing without interruption as in the batteries provide powerful up to 5 hours of nontinuous use. This distinction of looks the fact that word continual is an older one and was used to both meanings for centuries before continuous appeared on the scene.The perscribe sense of continuous became established only in the 19th century and never succeeded in completely driving out the quavilent sense of continual. Today, continual is the more likely of the two to mean reoccuring, but it also continue to be used as the // since the 14th century with the meaning continuing without interruption.

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