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My discussions on the state and misuse of the English language.

30 Second English Lesson: It’s actually true

Pay attention to the work ‘actually’ in English, as it does not have the same meaning as it does in French. 

In English, ‘actually’ means, vraiment, réellement, ou véritablement.

“I am actually going on vacation. I leave tomorrow morning.”

If you want to use the meaning of ‘actuellement’, you need to say ‘right now’ or ‘at this moment.’

“We have to leave right now.”

“Take your umbrella because it’s raining at the moment.”

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30 Second English- Though and Although

Although, though, and even though

Although is used for starting a sentence in a way that makes your statement seem surprising.
• Although it was raining very hard, they went biking.
• Although she had very little money, she gave $500 to charity. •

The children played all morning, and although they were very tired, they refused to have a nap.

Though and even though
Though and although are the same. Though is more conversational.
Even though is stronger  and more emphatic than though and although.
Note that when the sentence starts with Though or Although, the opening clause has a comma after it.
The same ideas can also be expressed using however, nevertheless or nonetheless.
• It was raining very hard, and they went biking nonetheless.
• She had very little money but nevertheless she gave $100 to charity.
• The children played all morning and were very tired, however they refused to have a nap.

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