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    Dear teachers,

    As we know both "real" and "really" can be used as adverbs. So it is difficult for me to distinguish the two. Could you please explain the difference between the following two sentences?

    1. You did a real nice job.
    2. It's really a hot day.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    real good is American English
    really good is British English
    That's all I know

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    The 'real nice job' is OK colloquially, but formally it should be avoided.

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    Dear tdol,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. The problem is that I copied the sentence, I mean the ' real nice job' from a dictionary. That's why I felt confused.

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The 'real nice job' is OK colloquially, but formally it should be avoided.

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    Thank you very much for your reply. Now I see.

    Jiang



    Quote Originally Posted by trustM
    real good is American English
    really good is British English
    That's all I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang

    The problem is that I copied the sentence, I mean the ' real nice job' from a dictionary.
    Don't use it in a job interview.

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    I see. I'll keep it in mind that always use "really" as an adverb and never use "real" as an adverb.



    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Don't use it in a job interview.

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