Actually/Currently

Introduction

Actually has a different meaning in English compared to the false friend which appears in some other languages. On this page we look at the difference between actually and currently in English.

Jonas is a football fanatic. He knows all the teams, their players and the latest gossip. He can quote current player statistics too.

He plays a lot of fantasy footbal, and the imaginary team always wins. But his actual footbal team loses every match.

Actually, that’s not true. They won three matches last season.

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Actual/Actually

Actual means real and actually means in fact or really.

Example:
He plays a lot of fantasy football, and the imaginary team always wins. But his actual football team loses every match.

We often use actual and actually to introduce surprising information or to correct mistakes.

Example:
Actually, that’s not true. They won three matches last season.

Present, Current, Up to Date, the Latest, Now etc.

To express something now, or at the present time we can use the following expressions: present, current, up to date, at the moment, at present, now etc.

Example:
Jonas is a football fanatic. He knows all the teams, their players and the latest gossip. He can quote current player statistics too.