English - Etymology
English - Pronunciation
English - Adverb
- (modal) In act or in fact; really; in truth; positively.
- (obsolete) actively
- In some other languages a word of similar spelling means "now" or "currently"; (e.g., Portuguese "atualmente", Spanish "actualmente", French "actuellement", German "aktuell", Italian "attualmente", Czech "aktuálně"). This leads many non-native speakers of English to use "actually" when they mean "now" or "currently".
- Some commentators have:
- In practice, actually and its synonyms are often used to insinuate that the following is either unusual or contrary to a norm or preceding assumption, or to merely preface an overconfident opinion contrasting a previous statement or norm (as per 'vacuous emphasis' note above).
- This is actually a really beautiful song. (contrasting opinion)
- Actually, I'm not from France - I'm from Switzerland. (contrary from assumption)
- At the check-out, the cashier actually greeted me for once. (contrary from norm)