real vs really :

real or 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.

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Definitions

  • 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; not ghosts"
    real objects
    real people
    a film based on real life
    a real illness
    real humility
    Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow
  • a  no less than what is stated; worthy of the name
    the real reason
    real war
    a real friend
    a real woman
    meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal
    it's time he had a real job
    it's no penny-ante job--he's making real money
  • s  not to be taken lightly
    statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems
    to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real
  • s  capable of being treated as fact
    his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor
  • s  being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
  • a  of, relating to, or representing an amount that is corrected for inflation
    real prices
    real income
    real wages
  • a  having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
  • s  (of property) fixed or immovable
    real property consists of land and buildings
  • s  coinciding with reality
  • r  used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
    a really enjoyable evening
    I'm real sorry about it

  • r  in accordance with truth or fact or reality
    they don't really listen to us
  • r  in actual fact
  • r  in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers)
    really, you shouldn't have done it
  • r  used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
    a really enjoyable evening
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