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I Continue to Be Continuous

I continue to be concerned about good writing. That’s why I want to point out to you that continual and continuous are not the same thing. Sure, they have the same root word: continue. They both refer to duration or length. But the root continue has many variations with slight but significant differences in meaning and usage from continuous.

Continuous means without stopping.

  • Hannah kept up a continuous wail while Dad changed her diaper. (Poor Dad. There was no break, no reprieve, from the baby’s ear-splitting cries.)

But continual means repeated with intermittent breaks. Continue Reading…