Dec
13
2013

continue

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

k@n tIn yu

transitive verb
definition 1:  to go on with; persist in.
example:  We will continue our search until the culprit is found.
example:  The alarm continued to sound until all the students were out of the building.
example:  He continued explaining although no one was really listening.

definition 2:  to begin (something) again after a pause or interruption.
example:  The runner fell but got back up and continued the race.
example:  The runner continued to run after his fall.
example:  We continued discussing the matter after we returned from lunch.

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Usage note

The  transitive verb “continue “can be followed by another verb in either the infinitive or gerund form.  In other words, it’s correct to say either “The snow continued to fall” or “The snow continued falling.”  It is also correct to say “After the lunch break, we continued working on the proposal” or “After the lunch break, we continued to work on the proposal.”   In the second example, the meaning is that “we” were working on the proposal before the lunch break and went back to the work afterwards.  In general, use of the infinitive is more common than use of the gerund after the verb “continue,” but use of the gerund is frequent also.  The gerund seems to give a slightly greater emphasis to the notion of continuance.

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