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actually

adverb
 
 
/ˈæktʃuəli/
TRUTH A2 used when you are saying what is the truth of a situation: He didn't actually say anything important. So what actually happened?Reality and truth
SURPRISE B1 used when you are saying something surprising: She sounds English but she's actually Spanish. Did you actually meet the president?Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
MISTAKE mainly UK B2 used when you are disagreeing with someone or saying no to a request: "You didn't tell me." "Actually, I did." "Do you mind if I smoke?" "Actually, I'd rather you didn't."Arguing and disagreeing
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