Student or Learner
Steve Harris starts talking first about the inspiration behind calling the band 'Iron Maiden'.
"Did you ever see the film 'The Man In The Iron Mask'?" He asks. "Well I saw it on television and that's when the name first occurred to me. Although strictly speaking I believe an ACTUAL 'Iron Maiden' is an altogether more vicious torture device ... you know, it's a metal case with these nails set inside of it and if you fasten it over someone's head they get kind of spiked. Very unpleasant."
In this text, the word "ACTUAL" means:
A) Real, Genuine
B) Current, existing at the present time
I don't know, I am beginner in English language. I saw the word "actual" has these two meanings, in this site:
actual - definition of actual by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
So what the right choice?
Well, konungurvia answered "a". Ithink "a" makes more sense, but I'm not sure.
emsr2d2, I think "a" makes more sense. Can you explain? thanks
but I did not understand his explanation. Can someone explain to me in a better way? thanks
He said that the word "actual" is often confused with "current" by speakers of your native language. This is not the meaning it has in English.
This is why A is the correct answer.
P.S.: Many Germans also confuse "actual" with "current"/"existing at the present time", because it sounds similar to the German word "aktuell".
Last edited by Michael84; 25-Jun-2011 at 00:45. Reason: typo