real vs really : Common Errors in English

About real vs really

The correct adverbial form is “really” rather than “real”; but even that form is generally confined to casual speech, as in “When you complimented me on my speech I felt really great!” To say “real great” instead moves the speaker several steps downscale socially. However “really” is a feeble qualifier. “Wonderful” is an acceptable substitute for “really great” and you can give a definite upscale slant to your speech by adopting the British “really quite wonderful.” Usually, however, it is better to replace the expression altogether with something more precise: “almost seven feet tall” is better than “really tall.” To strive for intensity by repeating “really” as in “that dessert you made was really, really good” demonstrates an impoverished vocabulary.

real Meaning(s)

  • (n) any rational or irrational number
  • (n) the basic unit of money in Brazil; equal to 100 centavos
  • (n) an old small silver Spanish coin
  • (a) being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory
  • (a) no less than what is stated; worthy of the name
  • (s) not to be taken lightly
  • (s) capable of being treated as fact
  • (s) being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
  • (a) of, relating to, or representing an amount that is corrected for inflation
  • (a) having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
  • (s) (of property) fixed or immovable
  • (s) coinciding with reality
  • (r) used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal

really Meaning(s)

  • (r) in accordance with truth or fact or reality
  • (r) in actual fact
  • (r) in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers)
  • (r) used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal

real in News

  1. Real-World Hues Meet Their Pantone Partners in New Instagram Series

    Paul Octavious is trying to find a real-world match for all the 100 colors from the Pantone postcard set. When he finds one, he holds the card up, snaps a picture with his iPhone and uploads it to Instagram under the hashtag #thepantoneproject.        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Wired News

  2. Real Estate SEO Pricing Finally Published, Announces ARME Realty.com

    Real estate SEO pricing finally published. ARME Realty.com announces pricing for their newest web development toolkit. (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/real-estate/seo-pricing/prweb10833481.htm
    on June 14, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  3. Real personal income in metro Denver increases 3.5 percent

    Real personal income in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metro area climbed to $110 billion in 2011, an increase of 3.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Denver Post

really in News

  1. Really? Agent photo-shopped listing pic

    Real estate news and views from around the globe that make you go, "Really?" on June 14, 2013 Source: Orange County Register

  2. David Letterman Is Really Into Those Drums You Got There

    David Letterman like drums. Like,  really likes drums. In the supercut above, we see over two minutes of the  Late Show host complimenting his musical guests' kits, asking them whether they rented the things and occasionally offering to buy them...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Spin

  3. The Philadelphia Flyers really are going for broke: They just traded for a 35-year-old defenseman's

    The Philadelphia Flyers really are going for broke : They just traded for a 35-year-old defenseman's negotiating rights even though his asking price will likely fuck up their salary cap situation. [ Sporting News ]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Deadspin

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