Continual vs. Continuous

Continual vs. Continuous

Continual and Continuous are words that are often confused. Let's look at the differences:

Continual (adjective) refers to something happening over period of time, very often, but with stops and starts (off and on).

Examples:

1. "Our parents continually fight even though we tell them it is annoying." <-used as an adverb

2. "The continual rain throughout our vacation was really disappointing."

Continuous (adjective) refers to something happening and continuing to do so without stopping or ceasing.

Examples:

1. "The continuous motion of the carousel made me nauseous."

2. "The strong wind made the pinwheel spin continuously."

*Hint/Tip: Continual things come and go, but continuous things are nonstop.

Circle the Correct Answer:

1. My math homework is a continual / continuous frustration of mine this year.

2. The continual / continuous gravitational forces of the earth keep our feet on the ground.

Answer: continual, continuous

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