actually

[[t]æ̱ktʃuəli[/t]]
1) ADV: ADV before v, ADV group (emphasis) You use actually to indicate that a situation exists or happened, or to emphasize that it is true.

One afternoon, I grew bored and actually fell asleep for a few minutes...

Interest is only payable on the amount actually borrowed.

2) ADV: ADV with cl (emphasis) You use actually when you are correcting or contradicting someone.

No, I'm not a student. I'm a doctor, actually...

`So it's not a family show then?' - `Well, actually, I think that's exactly what it is.'

3) ADV: ADV with cl (politeness) You can use actually when you are politely expressing an opinion that other people might not have expected from you.

`Do you think it's a good idea to socialize with one's patients?' - `Actually, I do, I think it's a great idea.'...

I would be surprised, actually, if he left Birmingham.

4) ADV: ADV with cl You use actually to introduce a new topic into a conversation.

Well actually, John, I rang you for some advice...

Actually, let's just read this little bit where you've made them bump into each other.


English dictionary. 2008.

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