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