Although very close in meaning,
continuous and continual do not mean exactly the same
thing. To really describe Vancouver's rain properly, learn the
Continuous means "continuing
without changing, stopping, or being interrupted in space or time"
whereas continual means "happening again and again, especially
regularly." (both definitions from Encarta Online Dictionary)
The continuous rain, falling
for 36 hours, made me go crazy!
In Vancouver, it rains
continually during the fall, winter and spring. In fact,
sometimes, we have continual rain in the summer, too!
Note that the same rules of meaning
apply to the adverb forms: continuously and continually.
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