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An example use of special in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… is there is nothing special about 234 is …”
Special means different from the usual or not ordinary.
the word special occurs in english on average 221.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that special can be often used in the following areas:
1) business and work;
2) people, society, and culture;
3) transport and travel;