Vocab: Especially or specially?


Especially and specially are adverbs.

Especially means ‘particularly’ or ‘above all’:

  • She loves flowers, especially roses.
  • I am especially grateful to all my family and friends who supported me.

Not: Especially I am

We use specially to talk about the unique (not ordinary) 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.

Especially can also be used to mean ‘for a particular purpose’:

  • I bought these (e)specially for you.


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Original Content from: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/english-grammar-today/