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continual/continuous

Continual is an adjective meaning"recurring in steady and usually rapid succession." Continuous, also an adjective, means "marked byuninterrupted flow."


We continually hear that hard work isnecessary to succeed in graduate school.

That the noise is a continuous hum suggestsan explanation other than atmospheric turbulence.


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