Specially vs. Especially


Especially and specially can often be used with the same meaning.

  • The concert wasn’t especially/specially good.

Especially means above all.

  • I read a lot, especially biographies.
  • The children are very noisy, especially when we have visitors.

Especially is used after a subject.

  • All my family loves films. My father, especially, watches as many films as he can. (NOT — Especially my father watches –)

Specially means for a special purpose.

  • These clothes were specially made for me.