As I promised last week, I’m going to talk about specially today.

Specially means “for a particular purpose” and is almost always used with the past participle.

This course has been specially designed to teach you English grammar.

The vitamins are specially formulated to increase your memory.

That scarf was specially made from goat hair.

Informally, specially is sometimes used as a short form of especially.

I baked this cake ‘specially for you.

As with especially, specially cannot be placed at the beginning of a sentence.

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