Specially vs especially

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In her IELTS Task 2 answer, a student wrote the following sentence:
During adolescent age our children become addicted to watching television specially the video clips of new songs, movies and playing video games, that will be waste of there time. 
Notice the word 'specially'? Did the student use it correctly? Not really.

Here's why: although both specially and especially mean 'particularly', there are a couple of differences you should know about:

1. We tend to use especially in formal writing. It means 

Notice the following formal and informal sentences:
Informal:
The boss said to his employee: "You guys are my specially-selected, hand-picked group!"

Formal:
A formal acceptance speech: "I am especially grateful to my parents for their support and help."

2. We use specially to talk about the specific purpose of something.

This site was specially created for IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC students.

Specially trained dogs may be useful in helping to calm autistic children.


Now, choose the correct word - (an) especially or (a) specially - to complete the following sentences.  Check your answers by clicking the box below.

1. I am _____ proud of the success of our basketball team.

2. This device was _____ made for young children.

3. We have a number of tall students in the class but John is _____ tall.

4. Young adults tend to waste a lot of time - _____ on Facebook!

5. This is _____ difficult test to pass.


1. I am especially proud of the success of our basketball team.
2. This device was specially made for young children.
3. We have a number of tall students in the class but John is especially tall.
4. Young adults tend to waste a lot of time - especially on Facebook!
5. This is an especially difficult test to pass.


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