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11 / 01 / 2005

ESPECIALLY and SPECIALLY: meaning and examples

Not long ago we received the following questions from a Daily Vitamin recipient: ********** Could you please let us know what the difference is between these 2 words, or when we should say one and not the other: ESPECIALLY AND SPECIALLY. Thanks a lot, Maria ********** Especially and Specially are both adverbs. The difference is in their meaning and how they are used. ESPECIALLY means: particularly; it's used when talking about conditions that make something more relevant, important or true. (You might translate it to Spanish as sobre todo.) Example 1: You will need to pay for your tickets in advance, especially if you want to reserve a seat. Example 2: Don't talk to anyone about my interview, especially not my boss. SPECIALLY means: for a specific purpose or in a particular way. Example 3: This wine was specially made for the guests at the royal wedding. Example 4: These coats are specially treated to be water repellent. I sometimes us the following pneumonic trick to remember that especially more or less means sobre todo: S O B R Especially T O D O However, if that doesn't help, maybe this sentence will help contrast the two words: Example 5: I especially enjoyed that wine that had been specially created for the royal wedding. I hope that helps Maria. If any of you are still confused, please don't hesitate to contact me. Enjoy the rest of your day!