Discussion in 'English Only' started by rich7, Sep 19, 2005.
what's the difference between these two used as adjectives?
Continuing seems to relate best to events - and to events that are still occurring. The continuing protest against mention of Christmas before the end of November is now attracting media attention.
Continuous seems to relate to objects, but may also be used for time-related things. The difference, for me, is that something that has now ended could have been continuous - for example, Grumpy might have been given a medal for 30 years continuous elvish service.
To make things even more confusing, there's also continual.
"Continuous" means "occurring uninterruptedly." It could also refer to objects.
"Continual" means "occurring at (often regular) repeated intervals.:
Many native speakers often confuse the two!
"Continuing," as Panj explained, means "ongoing."
I'm asking for explaining a difference between those two.
btw. sorry for making separate threads, but I'm coming across these confusing words for all day long
There isn't a lot of difference. If you could provide a context perhaps it would be easier to explain.
You asked for a context. The problem is that on my lectures I have to give a correct answer to sentences such as:
I did very little work because of continual / continuous interruptions.
I find it a bit confusing however I have to distinguish somehow
There is a slight difference, to my ear at any rate :
"In my street, there is continual noise from the traffic" (= many noises)
"He played a continuous note on the horn."(= a single prolonged note)
What is continual is intermittent or frequently repeated. Continuous never stops -- it's constant or uninterrupted.
continuous - uninterrupted action; continual - repeated, recurring at intervals.
Separate names with a comma.