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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

Continual, Continuous

The difference between continual and continuous is the subtle difference between regular and nonstop. If your car continually breaks down, it also runs some of the time.

A faucet that drips continuously never stops dripping, twenty-four hours a day. If a faucet drips continually, there are interludes when it's not dripping.

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