Confusing English Words: Specially and Especially

What’s the difference between SPECIALLY and ESPECIALLY?

Use especially when something stands out from all the others (similar to the meaning of “particularly.”)

  • The whole book was terrible – especially the ending.
  • He loves animals, especially dogs.
  • I can’t wait for the trip to New York. I’m especially looking forward to seeing the Statue of Liberty.

Especially can also be used before an adjective with a meaning like “very” or “extremely.”

  • It’s especially important to arrive on time for your first day of class.
  • All the desserts were great, but the cherry pie was especially delicious.

If something was designed specifically for a special purpose, use specially:

  • The bus has been specially designed to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs.
  • These dogs are specially trained to detect drugs.
  • The decorations were specially made for the wedding.

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