Richard-Business Eng
Professional Teacher
Good news - ESPECIALLY is used 20 times more often than SPECIALLY


Especially means ‘particularly’ or ‘above all’.

Especially means ‘to single out one person, thing, or situation above all others’ so it would be used correctly in the following sentence, where it would not be appropriate to use specially:

- He despised them all, especially Sylvester.
- She loves flowers, especially roses.
- I made it especially for Jonathan.
- T
his is an especially good book.
- Your work is especially good.
- Jenni said this test will be especially hard.
- I am especially grateful to all my family and friends who supported me.    [Not: Especially I am …]


- I bought these (e)specially for you.


We use specially to talk about the specific purpose of something:

- This kitchen was specially designed to make it easy for a disabled person to use.
- He has his shirts made specially for him by a tailor in London.
- I made it specially for Jonathan.
- This food is specially for children.
- I bought this computer specially for the children in my class.
- This dress is specially designed for you.
- The cake was specially made for the occasion.

Special Note
Overall, especially is by far the more common of the two, occurring twenty times as frequently as specially.

Feb 28, 2018 9:15 PM
Comments · 8

My thanks to all of you who have responded and commented:


Great comments from all of you...

March 1, 2018

I'm not saying your wrong, Richard, but I don't have a clue what the difference is between especially and specially. "It was especially designed for this" or "It was specially designed for this" sound the same to me. 

I do think these word usage calculator things or indicators are cool. I use one from the site LEO for German words that allows you to check frequency of use of the word. And, it give you this little bell curve thing with dates on it so you can see if its use is declining or going up. Funny how you can find some words peaking around 1800 in use and going to almost nothing in 2000. Plus, the other way round.  But, those calculator things are very useful. So, if you find some word you like in your foreign language, check it for use frequency. Otherwise you might be using a word that's way out of date and not know it. 

March 1, 2018

Richard, here color represents "Love" or in my own opinion, our "Life". The course of our life is not like a straight line:) It is constantly changing... Sometimes, we laugh; next moment, we cry; then again we smile, then get sad, frustrated, cheerful and this goes on...

If we will consider a part of our life at any instance, we can see only one color(that either may be pleasing or not), but if we will try to see our life as a whole, we can see the beautiful rainbow which for sure will fill us with ecstasy just like the people cheerfully celebrating the festival in the video:)

Hope we will never stop adding colors to our lives-- that's what we can do our best:)

March 1, 2018

Happy Holi Sudeep...

What fun!

Could you explain the meaning of the colours - what do the colours signify or represent?

March 1, 2018

Gratitude! This simple word is what I (and I believe everyone here) have to you, Mr. Richard.

My congrats! You've done a great work by sharing your time and knowledge with us. Keep the good work up, sir. See ya! :)

March 1, 2018
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