Hi, What is the difference between 'continually' and 'continuously?

Man is continually trying to reach God.
I speak British English and I think I use them differently:

Continually meaning repeatedly - doing something very frequently:

She is continually making long telephone calls.

Continuously meaning in a continuous manner, without breaks:

A river flows continuously into the sea.
It has been raining continuously for four hours.
Continuously means a chain of events like, "she was talking continuously about every subject you could imagine." (with no breaks)

Continually means an ongoing repetition of the same event like, "The muffler was continually falling off the car and every time, we'd have to stop and put it back on." (with reoccuring breaks)


Abhishek Awasthi

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