The word "specific" is the opposite of "general." Whereas something general is broad and wide, something specific is narrow and detailed. If something is specific, it might be exact or clear. The idea, the place, the person or the thing is understood.
The word "specifically" is a common adverb. It’s hard to pronounce, but it’s worth practicing:
spe ci fi cally
The accent is on the second syllable. The fourth syllable sounds like "clee." Specifically.
Note: The word "specific" is related to the word "special." Sometimes you can use "special" in place of specific:
Are you looking for anything specific?
Are you looking for anything special?
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March 2, 2013