continual vs continuous : Common Errors in English

About continual vs continuous

“Continuous” refers to actions which are uninterrupted: “My upstairs neighbor played his stereo continuously from 6:00 PM to 3:30 AM.” Continual actions, however, need not be uninterrupted, only repeated: “My father continually urges me to get a job.”

continual Meaning(s)

  • (a) occurring without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series
  • (s) `continual' (meaning seemingly uninterrupted) is often used interchangeably with `continuous' (meaning without interruption)

continuous Meaning(s)

  • (a) continuing in time or space without interruption
  • (a) of a function or curve; extending without break or irregularity

continual in News

  1. Robinson man arrested for continual sexual abuse of a child

    A 48-year-old Robinson man has been arrested for continual aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: KXXV Waco

  2. Brewers' Braun goes on disabled list

    Read about the continual thumb troubles for Ryan Braun and when he could return from injury.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: TMJ4 Milwaukee

  3. A Closer Walk With Thee, Lord

    You can have a thriving ministry without a thriving relationship with God, but only temporarily. Anyone can fake it in the short run, but to go the distance, you need a passionate devotional life and continual closeness to Jesus.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Christian Post

continuous in News

  1. Man arrested for continuous sexual abuse

    A Santa Rosa man was arrested for continuous sexual abuse of a child.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: KGBT 4 Rio Grande Valley

  2. Netcraft Reports Seven Years of Continuous 100 Percent Uptime for Datapipe

    Datapipe, a global provider of managed services and infrastructure for outsourced IT and cloud computing, today announced seven years of continuous uptime as reported by independent research company Netcraft. ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Continuous and Discrete

    Continuous and Discrete
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Scientific American via Yahoo! News

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