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English definition of “actually”

actually

adverb (SAYING NO)    /ˈæk.tʃu.ə.li/ /-tju-/ /-tʃʊ.li/
B2 used as a way of making a sentence slightly more polite , for example when you are expressing an opposing opinion , correcting what someone else has said, or refusing an offer : "Alexander looks like he'd be good at sports ." "Actually, he's not." Actually, Gavin, it was Tuesday of last week , not Wednesday . "Do you mind if I smoke ?" "Well, actually, I'd rather you didn't."Polite expressions Grammar:Actual and actuallyGrammar:ActualActual is an adjective meaning ‘true’, ‘real’ and ‘the thing in itself’. It does not refer to time. Actual always comes immediately before the noun it is describing:Grammar:Actually as a discourse markerGrammar:Actually as contrastWe can also use actually to correct someone politely:Grammar:Actual and actually: typical errors
(Definition of actually adverb (SAYING NO) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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