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i newspaper, January 22, 2018

‘Continual’ and ‘continuous’ are not exactly the same and are often confused. ‘Continual’ means to recur at frequent intervals, as in ‘he was driven to violence by the continual barking of the dog next door’; ‘continuous’ means prolonged without interruption, as in ‘he was driven to distraction by the continuous hum from the factory next door’, or indeed ‘after 17 years of continuous service for the same organisation’.

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