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

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The word of the day for March 15th is continual, spelled as c-o-n-t-i-n-u-a-l.Contiual is an adjective that means continue indefinitely in time without interruption.It can also mean recurring 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 grammarians 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".Whereas "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 prescribed sence of continuous became established only in the 19th century and it never succeeded in completely driving out the equivalent sense of continual.Today continual is the more likely of the two to mean recurring.But it also continuous to be used as it has been since the 14th century with the meaning continuing without interruption.
    With your word of the day ,I'm Peter Sokolowski.
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