# Typically vs usually

#### Serious dude

##### Member
What's the difference between typically and usually?

1.Schools in the area typically start at 8.30.

2.Schools in the area usually start at 8.30.

• #### Keith Bradford

##### Senior Member
Typically = Most of them start at 8.30. Mathematically, that's the mode.
Usually = ambiguous! Maybe most of them start at 8.30, maybe they all start at 8.30 except for one day in the month when they start at 8.45?

#### lingobingo

##### Senior Member
Typically can be used to mean usually, so it's reasonable to say that both of those sentences mean the same thing, i.e. that most local schools start at 8.30 am.

But you could also read nuances into which word is chosen:

1. Typically (as a general rule), schools in this area start at 8.30.
— but some schools may start at a different time

2. Usually (under normal conditions), schools in this area start at 8.30.
— but occasionally, for one reason or another, they may start at a different time

#### Serious dude

##### Member
Typically = Most of them start at 8.30. Mathematically, that's the mode.
Usually = ambiguous! Maybe most of them start at 8.30, maybe they all start at 8.30 except for one day in the month when they start at 8.45?
Could you elaborate?

#### dojibear

##### Senior Member
1."Schools in the area typically start at 8.30." = "Most schools in the area start at 8:30 every day."

2."Schools in the area usually start at 8.30." = "All schools in the area start at 8:30 on most days."

#### Ander111

##### Member
"Schools in the area typically start at 8.30" = Most schools start at 8:30 (but not all of them).

"Schools in the area usually start at 8.30" = 8:30 is the normal start time for all schools, except when it's changed for some reason (e.g. teacher meetings, natural disasters).

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