Actually: False Friends

Actually: False Friends

Actually means “na verdade.”

Atualmente means “currently, today.”

We say, “Where are you currently employed?” or “Where are you currently working?”

We do not say, “Where are you actually working?”

That would mean the the speaker does not believe that you are working where you said you work. He is asking where you really work (na verdade).


Mary Ziller

I'm Mary Ziller. I tutor ESL at the IHM Lteracy Center in Philadelphia. I lived a year in Brazil where I became certified to teach English as a Foreign language.

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