OTHER WORDS FROM speciallynon·spe·cial·ly, adverb
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SPECIALLY VS. ESPECIALLY
What's the difference between specially and especially?
Specially most commonly means in a special manner or for a special purpose, as in or This was specially made or You were specially chosen for this project. Especially means particularly or exceptionally, as in That was especially helpful or This road can be dangerous, especially when it’s icy.
Perhaps most confusingly, specially is sometimes used as a synonym of especially, though especially is much more commonly used.
Both words are adverbs. Specially is the adverb form of the adjective special. This might be the best way to remember the way specially is typically used, which is to describe something being done in a special way or for a special purpose. On the other hand, the adjective especial is not commonly used. Especially can always be used interchangeably with particularly.
Here’s an example of specially and especially used correctly in a sentence.
Example: The team worked especially hard to specially make all of these decorations in time for the event.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between specially and especially.
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Should specially or especially be used in the following sentence?
I had this cake _____ made for your birthday.
How to use specially in a sentence
Despite it all, staff still try to make your experience there special.
A woman meets a nice man who compliments her, makes her feel special, takes her dancing, tells her she’s his soulmate.“People want to believe”: How Love Fraud builds an absorbing docuseries around a romantic con man|Alissa Wilkinson|September 4, 2020|Vox
They argue that stronger parties could help beat back special interests and produce more compromise and moderation.
Bergh has also paid special attention to getting people to the polls.Levi’s CEO on why it’s important to take a stand as a business leader|McKenna Moore|September 1, 2020|Fortune
Because of that, Nuñez said she was unable to purchase a special breathing machine that her daughter needed.The Loan Company That Sued Thousands of Low-Income Latinos During the Pandemic|by Kiah Collier, Ren Larson and Perla Trevizo|August 31, 2020|ProPublica
On December 10, the Specially Designated Secrets Law will go into effect.‘Whip it!’ Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Cabinet Of Horrors|Jake Adelstein|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They served in the volunteer Donbass Battalion, one of three specially organized National Guard battalions.Bitter Survivors and Caravans of Coffins from Ukraine’s “Eastern Boiler”|Anna Nemtsova|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rivers was reportedly having her hair and make-up done, the room had been specially decorated, and her two dogs had visited her.
Sniffing Tory conspiracies under every Whitehall bed, ours specially?Iran’s Top Spy Is the Modern-Day Karla, John Le Carré’s Villainous Mastermind|Michael Weiss|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They can only enter water on beaches specially designed for women.Operation Wholesome Sea: Iran Coast Guard Forces Women Off Beaches|IranWire|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Smooth Naked Horsetail is a common plant, specially by the sides of streams and pools.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
On the other hand it seems to be thought that there are people who are specially fitted to be the victims of untruth.Children's Ways|James Sully
The stars were auxiliary lights, and had all been specially, and at the same time, created for the good of man.
But I have never once thought of believing that they were specially created to be lesser lights to the Earth.
Besides this the old general meant it, when he had stated his design to provide a specially heavy pair of weapons.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills