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Specially vs. Especially - What's the Difference?

In many situations, the two words "specially" and "especially" are used with the same meaning, but this is not always correct. Let's take a closer look at the difference between "specially" and "especially".

Grammar Corner Specially vs. Especially - What's the Difference?

 

How to use "Specially"

The word "specially" means 'for a particular reason' and is used with an adjective in the past participle form, for example:

  • Specially trained dogs can be lifesavers for many people.

 

How to use "Especially"

The word "specially" means 'particularly' and it is used at the beginning of a phrase but never at the beginning of a whole sentence, for example:

  • This last summer was especially hot and humid.

 

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