HOW TO USE THE WORD ЂACTUALLYї IN ENGLISH
ЂThe word УactuallyФ has several different uses in English and is very common in spoken language.
As we will see, it is an important word to learn how to use because it allows you to change your mind about something that you say.
Actually meaning УThinking againФ
This is the most important meaning of УactuallyФ to learn how to use properly. If you say something that you donТt mean and want to take it back, or if you say something incorrectly and want to correct yourself, you can use actually at the beginning of your sentence to signify that you changed your mind.
УDo you have a pen I could borrow?Ф
УNo I donТt. Wait! Actually I have one right here.Ф
УAlberto Santos-Dumont was the American inventor who first invented the airplane. Actually, no, he was Brazilian.Ф
Actually meaning УIn FactФ
This use of the word УactuallyФ means Уin factФ and is used to point out something that was unexpected. This usage is similar to how na verdade is used in Portuguese. For example:
УAre you American?Ф
УActually, IТm Australian.Ф
УRio de Janeiro is the capital of Brazil, right?Ф
УNo, actually itТs Brasilia.Ф
Actually meaning УReallyФ
The word УactuallyФ can be used interchangeable with the word УreallyФ in some cases, similar to how realmente is used in Portuguese. It is used to emphasize that something someone has said or done is surprising.
УDid you hear that Isaac is in Saudi Arabia?Ф
УI heard, but I canТt believe he was actually able to get a visa to go there.Ф
УDid you hear what Mary said to Joe at the party last weekend?Ф
УI canТt believe she actually said that, that was really mean.Ф
Actually as a УsoftenerФ
If you are giving someone unpleasant or unwanted information, УactuallyФ can be used to soften the blow of what you tell them.
УAre you coming to the party next week?Ф
УNo, I have to work actually.Ф
УDad can we go to Disneyland?Ф
УNo we canТt. We ran out of money paying for your college actually.Ф
УYouТre still coming tomorrow, right?Ф
УI wonТt be able to make it, actually.Фї