Can anyone help me figure out the difference between "in particular" and "particularly"?
Any ideas will be much appreciated.
They are the same. Particularly is an adverb; in particular is an idiom.
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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.
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".
Vthung1. In particular, I love pop music.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.
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)
1. I love pop music in particular.
2. I particularly love pop music.
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