Especially and Specially

 Especially and specially are adverbs.

Especially means more than usual, most of all, in particular.

Judith likes chocolate, especially the dark one.

I like tea, especially the green tea.

He’s usually tired in the evening, but he was especially tired this evening.

Specially is used to talk about particular purpose or way of something.

This dress was specially tailored for Jane.

They ordered boots specially for her.

The pigs are specially trained to locate the truffles.

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Mistaken Words Like and As

There is much confusion about these two words because they are similar in meaning. Here are some important differences between them:

LIKE is used:

  • to say what something or someone looks / is like.

Peter’s girl-friend looks like Annie Lennox.

Your doorbell sounds like a siren.

The soup smells like fish.

  • with noun / pronoun / gerund.

I look like my mum.

The balloon ride was like flying.

AS is used:

  • to describe someone’s job / role:

He had worked as a waiter before college.

As your teacher, I am proud of you.

  • in expressions: as…as, such as…, the same as…

Jane ran as fast as she could.

Brian visited many Mediterranean countries such as Italy, France, and Greece.