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UK [ˈæktʃuəl] / US adjective
Get it right: actual:
Don't confuse actual with current or present. Actual is not used for referring to things that are happening now or that exist now. Use current or present to express these ideas:
Wrong: The actual law obliges every young man to do military service.
Right: The current law obliges every young man to do military service.
Right: The present law obliges every young man to do military service.
Wrong: They have to work together to improve the actual situation.
Right: They have to work together to improve the current situation.
Right: They have to work together to improve the present situation.
Actual is used for referring to what is really true or exact: The reports cites 554 AIDS cases, with 2600 persons infected with HIV. But officials concede that the actual number may be closer to 8000.
1)
a) [only before noun] used for emphasizing what is really true or exact compared with a general idea

The actual number of people killed is not yet known.

We don't know her actual date of birth.

b) used for emphasizing what is really true or exact compared with what people expected

How does your department's actual performance compare with your plan and budget?

The actual situation was quite different.

2) used for emphasizing that something is real and not imaginary or part of an idea or plan

The play is based on actual events.

Do you have any actual experience of catering work?

3) [only before noun] used for emphasizing the word that follows

All I have to do now is write the actual letter.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • actual — [adj1] truly existing, real absolute, authentic, categorical, certain, concrete, confirmed, definite, factual, for real*, genuine, hard, honest injun*, honest to God*, indisputable, indubitable, kosher*, physical, positive, realistic, substantial …   New thesaurus

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