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I read about the use of especial and special. But I'm not sure if applies the same when describing a person.

For instance, do you say:

I am an especial person.

or

I am a special person.

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    Especial is not used very often. books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – sooeithdk
    Nov 15, 2015 at 21:07
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    What did you read about the two, and where? Nov 15, 2015 at 21:27
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    As @sooeithdk said, especial exists in English, but it is used rarely. More commonly it is used in English by native Spanish speakers, either as a "false friend" (similar word) or simply through mispronunciation of special.
    – Drew
    Nov 15, 2015 at 22:28
  • Virtually the only (non-erroneous) use of "especial" in English is in the adverb form -- "especially". Since it is so rare it's misuse will stick out like an especially sore thumb, so it's best avoided until you're fairly familiar with it's use.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 15, 2015 at 23:32
  • What @Drew said - as covered by Difference in starting pronunciations of “station” and “sun” Nov 16, 2015 at 0:34

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You would never say, "I am an especial person". Especial is seldom used as an adjective, almost always as an adverb:

He is a special person, especially when it comes to helping others.

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