Wesley Chapel Language Arts Tutor’s Commonly Confused Words: Continual and Continuous

Posted on 9th June 2010 in Tampa Language Arts tutors

I haven’t ever seen a question on the SAT Error ID section that tests the difference between continual and continuous, but it’s good to know.

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  • Continual means occurring from time to time or intermittently.

While we shared an office, I grew weary of her continual comments about my poor eating habits.
The British Petroleum workers attempting to repair the broken oil pipe have faced continual setbacks.

  • Continuous means over a stretch of time without ceasing.

After 45 minutes of continuous exercise, the fat man collapsed.
The oil has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico continuously for 51 days.

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