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We chanted the mantra ceaselessly day and night. Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 1:50:38 AM
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We chanted the mantra ceaselessly day and night.

Is 'ceaselessly' the correct word? Has it the same meaning as 'continuously', which means 'never stopping'?

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srirr
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 2:53:45 AM

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Yes, the use seems to be correct. Ceaselessly is same as continuously.



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Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 9:43:43 AM

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It is, however, a very odd wording, rather clumsy.
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 12:40:30 PM

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It's absolutely right.

Adv. 1. ceaselessly - with unflagging resolveceaselessly - with unflagging resolve; "dance inspires him ceaselessly to strive higher and higher toward the shining pinnacle of perfection that is the goal of every artiste"
incessantly, unceasingly, unendingly, continuously, endlessly. TFD.

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sureshot
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 6:30:13 PM
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Wilmar (USA) wrote:
It is, however, a very odd wording, rather clumsy.

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I agree with Wilmar.

As adverbs the difference between continuously and ceaselessly is that continuously is without pause while ceaselessly is without ceasing.(Reference: http://wikidiff.com/continuously/ceaselessly)

- The river continuously (= without pause) flows to the sea, it will never pause to let us cross on dry land.

The word "continuously" fits better in the original sentence. The adverb "ceaselessly" means "without ceasing" and has the sense of eternally, nonstop and unendingly. One could also use the word "continually".

As adjectives the difference between "ceaseless" and "continuous" is that ceaseless is without an end while continuous is without break, cessation, or interruption; without intervening time. (Reference: http://wikidiff.com/ceaseless/continuous)

TMe
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 9:57:44 AM

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I agree with AJ.

But better is ;(IMO)


We chanted the mantra for (1-2-3 or four)days and (2-3-4 or five) nights ceaselessly.

I am a layman.
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