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Note 39 – Biennial and Biannual

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – If you would prefer to dive straight into note 39, then please read on…

The difference between Biennial and Biannual

There is an important difference between biennial and biannual as follows:


Biennial = something that happens every two years.

According to Bernard C Lamb in The Queen’s English, an easy way to remember this is that biennial has the letter ‘e‘ in it and so does every.


Biannual = something that occurs twice a year.

Bernard C Lamb suggests – think ‘bi‘ is ‘twice’ and annual is ‘a year’ (twice a year)

A short and sweet blog tonight, but important nevertheless.

Until tomorrow


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Bernard C. Lamb The Queen’s English (2010), UK



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Please let me know what you think of my blog - constructive comments welcome. Have a great day Sandra Freelance Writer


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