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actually: in fact, in effect, in reality
Note: actually does NOT mean currently.

Despite being slightly fat, he was actually very healthy.
It's a very sunny day in the mountains, but it's actually very cold.

Pronunciation examples
UK: I actually prefer fruit to chocolate.
US: Although he imitates the British accent perfectly, he's actually an American.


  • "Brian : Um, well um… actually I do have quite a slight preference for…"
  • "Actually I'm expecting twins!"
  • "Philip : Actually we're in Paris to find our friends."
  • "At the hotel room, well, I did actually receive an important phone call, otherwise I would have happily made love to her."
  • "That's actually why I came back here to London, to get the unconditional love and support of my loving family."
  • "Susie : I'm actually just CEO until Bruno comes back, but thank you."
  • "Susie : I'm not sure, actually."
  • "Susie : It's more like what he wasn't doing actually."
  • "Two of them actually came to greet me at the airport: a tour guide and a translator."

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