Learn & Improve Your English


When to Use Continuous and Continual


    Author:     Member Level: Platinum    Points: 5 (Rs 5)

Continuous and Continual sound very similar and hence are easily confused words. However, both words are pronounced differently. Furthermore, even though both are adjectives, there is a marked difference between continuous and continual.

Continuous is an adjective.
Meanings: nonstop; unbroken; incessant; uninterrupted.
Antonym: broken

Continual is an adjective.
Meanings: frequent; recurrent; repeated; repetitive.
Antonym: intermittent




Sample Usage

Examples of continuous:
1. A continuous chain of small fires kept the town’s fire department on its toes.

2. The professor decided to take lectures on a continuous basis with only one short break in order to complete the syllabus.

3. The continuous snowfall hindered rescue operations.

--
Examples of continual:
1. Prakash’s continual bad behaviour finally got him a suspension.

2. The continual occurrence of cracks in the building structure made it unsafe for the tenants.

3. The activist made continual appeals to the city’s residents to join in the campaign to save the Tiger.


Next Resource: When to Use Since and For
Previous Resource: Whent to Use Mean and Demean

Return to Index

Post New English Language Resource


Related Resources


Awards & Gifts
Top Contributors
TodayLast 7 Daysmore...

 
ISC Technologies, Kochi - India. © All Rights Reserved.