by Kitty Nash
"Continual" means happening again and again at short intervals as "continual reminders." Example: The loud trucks were a continual problem.
"Continuous" means uninterrupted, whether of time or space, as in "continuous misery," "continuous rain," or "continuous range of mountains." Example: The stormy weather was continuous.
"Consecutive" means occurring one after the other, as in "consecutive days of the week." Example: Are we to attend on consecutive days?
Practice What You've Learned
- Click the word that correctly completes each sentence.
- They were ready for the emergency due to his (continual) (continuous) warnings.
- The Rocky Mountains stretch from north to south as one, (continual) (continuous) mountain range.
- As he ran, he could feel each and every (continual) (consecutive) heartbeat.
- The star basketball player made two (continual) (consecutive) slam dunks.
- The (continual) (continuous) class interruptions by the loudspeaker were annoying.
- Once the fire alarm sounded, it was (continual) (continuous) for five minutes.
- She finally landed the part of leading lady after nine (continuous) (consecutive) auditions.
- The talking in class was almost (continual) (continuous) when the teacher was out of the room.
- A long, (continual) (continuous) line of sightseers visited the monument.
- I do not appreciate your (continual) (continuous) criticism of me each time I see you.