October 17


EP29: 5 Ways to use Actually

Hello everyone, I’m Kristian, and in this episode I’m going to tell you 5 ways to use actually.

1. We use it to talk about what is true, like the word really. Is Kristian actually from the Netherlands?

2. We use it to correct or contradict. Are you from Amsterdam, Kristian? Actually no, I’m from Rotterdam.

3. We use it to emphasise that something is different or surprising. I love fish, but I actually don’t like sushi.

4. We use it to admit or confess to something. Did you eat the last chocolate, Kristian? Actually, yes, I did.

5. And we use it to add information. I’m a supporter of Feyenoord Rotterdam, and so is my father, actually.

So actually is actually quite a useful word.



Actually and actual have very similar meanings. Actually is an adverb, actual is an adjective. Their meanings are similar, but they are used in different positions within a sentence.

So usually the adjective actual is found before the noun.
This is the actual spot where we met for the first time.

Now the adverb actually is usually used at the beginning or the end of a sentence or before the verb.
Actually, this is the school where I teach in Prague.
I actually teach right here.
This is where I teach, actually.

About the author 


Kristian is a Dutch guy who teaches English online. He relaxes with audiobooks, music and podcasts. Kristian still has a lot to learn, but he's happy to share what he has learnt along the way.

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