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ac•tu•al•ly(ˈæk tʃu ə li)
You use actually when you want to emphasize that something is true, especially if it is surprising or unexpected.
You also use actually when you are mentioning something that is very surprising. You put actually in front of the surprising part of what you are saying.
You can use actually if you want to correct what someone says.
If someone suggests something and you want to suggest something different, you can say 'Actually, I'd rather...', or 'Actually, I'd prefer to...'.
Don't use actually when you want to say that something is happening now. Use at present, at the moment, or right now.
|Adv.||1.||actually - in actual fact; "to be nominally but not actually independent"; "no one actually saw the shark"; "large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt"|
|2.||actually - used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly; "you may actually be doing the right thing by walking out"; "she actually spoke Latin"; "they thought they made the rules but in reality they were only puppets"; "people who seem stand-offish are in reality often simply nervous"|
|3.||actually - at the present moment; "the transmission screen shows the picture that is actually on the air"|
|4.||actually - as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis; "actually, we all help clear up after a meal"; "actually, I haven't seen the film"; "I'm not all that surprised actually"; "she hasn't proved to be too satisfactory, actually"|
she didn't actually see the accident → en realidad no vio el accidente, no vio el accidente realmente
no one actually died → en realidad no murió nadie
can computers actually create language? → ¿pueden realmente crear un idioma los ordenadores?
inflation has actually fallen → la inflación de hecho ha bajado
I never thought you'd actually do it! → ¡jamás pensé que lo harías de verdad!
actually, I don't know him at all → pues la verdad, no lo conozco de nada
actually, you were quite right → pues mira, de hecho tenías razón
"he earns £30,000 a year" - "£30,500, actually" → -gana 30.000 libras al año -30.500 libras para ser exactos
actually, I didn't come here just to help you → en realidad, no he venido sólo para ayudarte
Did it actually happen? → Est-ce que c'est vraiment arrivé?
actually[ˈæktjʊəlɪ] adv (really) → veramente, davvero; (even) → addirittura, perfino
he actually expected us to put him up for the whole holiday → si aspettava sul serio che lo ospitassimo per tutta la vacanza!
that's not true, actually → questo non è affatto vero
I wasn't actually there → a or per dire la verità io non c'ero