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Hi all,
Can anyone help me figure out the difference between "in particular" and "particularly"?

Any ideas will be much appreciated.
Vu
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Hi Vu,

They are the same. Particularly is an adverb; in particular is an idiom.

Best,
Hoa Thai
In particular usually comes after the word[ s] it relates to and it usually relates to nouns:

He likes music in general, jazz in particular.

Particularly is generally found before adjectives or adverbs:

Last winter was particularly warm.
I don't think he can sing particularly well.


CB
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Thanks guys for the valuable answers.

Now the situation is slightly changed. I put both "In particular" and "Particularly" in the beginning of a sentence.

1. In particular, I love pop music.
2. Particularly, I love pop music.

Is there any difference between the above sentences? I raise the question because a when I used "In particular" a friend of mine who is a native speaker suggested that I should change to "Particularly".

Cheers,
Vu
Vthung1. In particular, I love pop music.
2. Particularly, I love pop music.

Is there any difference between the above sentences? I raise the question because a when I used "In particular" a friend of mine who is a native speaker suggested that I should change to "Particularly".
I more or less agree with your native speaker. As I said, I would prefer to say: I love pop music in particular. No. 2 is a borderline case; I wouldn't use it. I wouldn't use No. 1 at all.

CB
Hi Vu,

I do not use the adverb to start a sentence; and I don't remember seeing its use in that position either. Occasionally, I have seen people start a sentence using the idiom. Here is an example pattern and you can find more on the Internet:

STT designs and manufactures highly specialized components for .... In particular, STT offers products ...

However, I often use the adverb to start a supporting clause as follows:

I often find them sleeping under the bridge at night, particularly when it rains outside. (particularly and especially are synonyms in this context)

Best,
Hoa Thai
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Vu, this is how I would phrase your above examples:

1. I love pop music in particular.
2. I particularly love pop music.