Especially or Specially?

Especially or Specially? It is very often that I found myself asking about this. For what I’m reading most of the time there is little or no difference between the words especially and specially. “English plus” cites this:

Special is a common adjective. Specially is its adverb form. Special means “particular, distinguished in a distinct way, or designed for a particular purpose.” Specially means “particularly, in a disintguishing manner, or for a particular purpose.”

Especial is an uncommon adjective. Especially, its adverb form, is much more common. Especial means “exceptional, noteworthy, or particular.” Especially means “exceptionally, in a noteworthy manner, or particularly.”

So, as, this page cites, If you want to stress the exceptional or noteworthy quality, then especial or especially is a better choice. If you want to stress the distinctive purpose of something, then special or specially is the word you are looking for.

References.

  1. Especially or specially?“, English Plus, URL: http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000287.htm
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