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.