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    Question Where should I put "actually"?

    I would like to know where in a sentence should I put the word "actually". I believe it should be put as the second word, e.g., "She actually thought it was true!". Wait... what if I have a sentence starting like this? "I have, I was", et cetera. Should I put "actually" before or after "have [was, etc.]"...? Also, do you put "actually" in an interrogative sentence? If so... where? I'm a little bit stuck. I guess I wasn't paying much attention in English lessons. Ha!

    I will appreciate your help!

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    Re: Where should I put "actually"?

    Here youŽll see the use of "actually" in a sentence or question.
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    Re: Where should I put "actually"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Queen Of Spades View Post
    I would like to know where in a sentence should I put the word "actually". I believe it should be put as the second word, e.g., "She actually thought it was true!". Wait... what if I have a sentence starting like this? "I have, I was", et cetera. Should I put "actually" before or after "have [was, etc.]"...? Also, do you put "actually" in an interrogative sentence? If so... where? I'm a little bit stuck. I guess I wasn't paying much attention in English lessons. Ha!

    I will appreciate your help!

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Queen of Spades,


    (1) I cannot give you any rules, but I have collected some

    sentences from grammar books and dictionaries. If you study them,

    you may be able to get an idea on how to use this adverb. (I have

    slightly changed some of the examples.)

    *****

    (1) (The truth of a situation) We must pay attention to what young

    people actually want.

    (2) I want to know the time that she actually worked on the job.

    (3) (Emphasizes what someone has said or done) He actually expected

    me to be happy about what he had done!!!

    (4) A: Do you care if I marry John?
    B: Actually, I don't care whom you marry.

    (5) A: Tom seems to be happy.
    B: He isn't, actually, not any more.

    (6) He had a thick accent -- he sounded like my grandfather actually.

    Source: The New Oxford Dictionary (2001)

    *****

    (7) I didn't expect to see him. But he was actually there.

    (8) He is very foolish, but he actually imagines himself to be wise!!!

    Source: Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary (1952).

    *****

    (9) Nobody speaks Latin nowadays, so everyone was astonished when

    she actually spoke Latin to us.

    Source: Webster's New International Dictionary (1959)

    *****

    (10) A: Hello, John.

    B: Actually, my name is ANDY!!!

    (11) She was so angry that she actually tore up the letter.

    Source: Practical English Usage by Mr. Michael Swan (1995)

    *****

    (12) We don't need a car. And we don't actually have the money to buy one, either.

    (13) I am not actually in a position to make that decision.

    (14) A: As I told you, I've got a big problem.

    B: Actually, you didn't tell me.

    Source: The New Fowler's Modern English Usage, edited by Professor

    R.W. Burch (1996).

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    (15) They may seem like pretty flowers, but actually they are

    deadly animals.

    (16) I could not find out how many airplanes there actually were.

    (17) She was actually beginning to forget her name, so we had to

    take her to a doctor.

    (18) I could not believe that I had been actually invited.

    Source: Webster's Dictionary of English Usage (1989)

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    (19) He actually sat next to the Queen.

    (20) He actually did not sit next to the Queen. He sat next to the president.

    (21) He did not actually sit next to the Queen, but he did sit only

    30 feet behind her!!!

    (22) I actually HAD to crawl through a tunnel. ("actually" emphasizes

    "had.")

    (23) I had actually to CRAWL through a tunnel. ("actually" emphasizes

    "crawl.")

    (24) I had to actually CRAWL through a tunnel.

    (a) No. 24 has the same meaning as No. 23, but many native

    speakers feel that No. 24 is more natural sounding.

    Source: A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985)

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    Re: Where should I put "actually"?

    Thank you! It became much more clearer now!

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