Here’s a simple way to fix the meaning of 'actual' and 'actually' in your mind.
Just remember, actual = factual.
'Actual' describes something that exists as a real fact, for example:
* He thought the repairs would cost €2000 but the actual cost was a lot less.
'Actually' means ‘in fact’ or ‘really’. For example:
* She says it’s a good book, but she hasn’t actually read it.
* I know he looks like a teenager, but he’s actually 25!
So, next time you’re looking for the right word, just remember actual = factual.
It’s simple, actually….
Thanks to our student Christine Legrand for this great tip!