When do you use ‘special’ (‘specially’) and when do you use ‘especial’ (‘especially’)? I sometimes get confused. So I thought I’d share my bit of research on this with you today.
Special or Especial
1. especially and specially
Especially and specially can often both be used with the same meaning.
It was not (e)specially hot that morning.
2. especially meaning ‘above all’
Especially is often used to mean ‘above all’
We read a lot of books, especially on the weekends.
The neighbour’s dog is very noisy, especially when they have visitors.
I love all kinds of animals, especially dogs.
Especially follows a subject:
All my family like reading. My brother, especially, buys a lot of books. (Not:
Especially my brother….)
3. especially before prepositions and conjunctions
Especially is preferred before prepositions and conjunctions.
We go swimming quite a lot, especially in summer.
I drink a lot of tea, especially when I’m writing.
4. specially with past participles
Specially is used with a past participle to mean ‘for a particular purpose’.
This bag was specially made for me.
The letter was specially written for his birthday.
5. especial and special
The adjective especial is rare. We normally use special.
She took special care of his mother.
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