What are the meanings of especially and specially? — Ezekiel , United States
The meanings of specially and especially are very similar, so it can be hard to figure out which one you should use. Specially means “for a special reason” or “to a special or unusual degree.” Especially means “more than usually” or “for a particular purpose or person.”
Below are a few rules to follow that will help you use specially and especially correctly:
Use especially to mean “more than usually” or “very” or “extremely,” as in these examples:
There is nothing especially radical about that idea.
The food was not especially good.
Use especially when something stands out from all the others, and you mean “particularly,” as in these examples:
She can't be sure she will win, especially at this early stage of the campaign.
The appetizers and especially the soup were delicious.
When you mean “for a special reason,” you can use either especially or specially. They are both correct.
The speech was written especially/specially for the occasion.
The sweater was made especially/specially for her.
When you mean “in a special manner”, as in this example below, use specially.
I don't want to be treated specially.
I don't want to be treated especially.
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