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What is the difference between especially or specially?

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    These 2 words mean pretty much the same thing. Often they can be used synonymously. However, if you want to stress the exceptional or noteworthy quality, then especial or especially is a better choice. If you want to stress the distinctive purpose of something, then special or specially is the word you are looking for.

    Example: This program has specially designed macros for word processors.
    (A distinctive purpose)

    Example: He did especially well in All-Star Game.
    (A noteworthy performance)

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