In this week’s newsletter we’ll review two classic topics that continually draw comments from our readers.
To many people, the phrase in and of itself sounds clunky and old-fashioned. However, when used sparingly—and correctly—it serves a purpose.
The weather was not, in and of itself, the cause of the traffic delays.
The weather was not the cause of the traffic delays.
In both sentences, we understand not to blame the weather for the traffic delays, but the first sentence tells us that the weather played some part in the traffic delays. The second sentence tells us that the weather had nothing to do with the traffic delays.
Continual means repeated but with breaks in between; chronic.
Example: The continual problem of our car’s not starting forced us to sell it.
Continuous means without interruption in an unbroken stream of time or space.
Example: The continuous dripping of the faucet drove me crazy.
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at 11:00 pm
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