Can you explain the difference between usually, typically, and normally?
A thing is usual if it occurs most often—that is, it happens more often than not. Usually means most often or most likely. Typical and typically are synonyms of usual and usually. But there is a difference in meaning between usually or typically and commonly (frequently or widely) and normally (under normal conditions). Choose the adverb that best describes your intended meaning.
For example, the phrases “I usually do” and “I typically do” mean you seldom do otherwise. Whereas, “I commonly do” means you do it frequently but, more often than not, you might do something else. But “I normally do” means that you only do it under normal circumstances—but normal circumstances could be usual, common, occasional, infrequent, or even rare.
October 8, 2015 / Tim McAuley / 0