Thursday, 11 September 2008

False Friends? Actual and Actuality

Have you listened about this word? False friends are all those words that in English have a completely different meaning from Spanish (as an example) but they sound very similar in appearance.

What are the mistakes in these sentences?

  • What do you think about the actual crisis?
  • In the actuality he's living abroad.
The mistakes are in actual and actuality.

Actual is truthful, real.
Actuality is reality.

Correct sentences:

  • What do you think about the present crisis?
  • At the present he is living abroad.
Correct sentences with Actual and Actuality.

  • Those were her actual words.
  • His novel blurs the division between dreams and actuality.
More false friends soon in this blog or in our English classes.

4 comments:

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Articles? what do you mean?

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