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Hi

I wonder if anyone would be kind enough to confirm if there is actually any difference between these two frequency adverbs. Someone asked me the other day and I wasn´t sure of the answer. They suggested that usually was simply a way of expressing frequency but normally implied that it was something more accepted as being done rather than just simply a case of frequency.

Are there occasions when you can use one and not the other, for example?

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Nicmarjel
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Hi,
Welcome to the Forum.

I wonder if anyone would be kind enough to confirm if there is actually any difference between these two frequency adverbs. Someone asked me the other day and I wasn´t sure of the answer. They suggested that usually was simply a way of expressing frequency but normally implied that it was something more accepted as being done rather than just simply a case of frequency. Generally speaking, I agree with the person's comment.

Are there occasions when you can use one and not the other, for example?
They can often be interchanged, but consider something like this.

Deranged sexual predators normally mutilate the bodies of their victims.

Here, the abnormal nature of the topic makes the word 'normally' seem inappropriate.

Best wishes, Clive
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The example I came up with, before reading any other responses, was similar to Clive's.
People don't normally walk about naked in public.
You can substitute usually, but the emphasis on "conformance to norms" is more important when you use normally.
For inanimate objects, usually often seems more appropriate than normally.
Our piano usually goes out of tune once the weather turns cold.
(It's not really normal for a piano to be out of tune, so usually seems better here, but here again, you can substitute normally.)
CJ
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Many thanks Clive, both for the welcome and for the answer!

Nicmarjel
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