Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. Banned
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Jun 2013
    • Posts: 637
    #1

    I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the real weight is 108 kilos.

    I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the actual weight is 108 kilos.

    Hi,
    That's written in my grammar book. Teaching the usage of actual and actually.

    Can I say real instead of actual?

    I mean: I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the real weight is 108 kilos.

    Thank you.

  2. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #2

    Re: I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the real weight is 108 kilos.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the actual weight is 108 kilos.

    Hi,
    That's written in my grammar book. Teaching the usage of actual and actually.

    Can I say real instead of actual?

    I mean: I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the real weight is 108 kilos.

    Thank you.
    Yes, but I think actual works better in this case.

    See the synonyms section here: Real | Define Real at Dictionary.com

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #3

    Re: I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the real weight is 108 kilos.

    Or even "exact weight."

  3. Banned
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Jun 2013
    • Posts: 637
    #4

    Re: I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the real weight is 108 kilos.

    Thank you both for answering but I wish one would tell me if there is a difference between real and actual. As you see, it's sometimes confusing. Not very but somehow.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,515
    #5

    Re: I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the real weight is 108 kilos.

    If there is a difference its not important enough to spend time worrying about.

  4. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #6

    Re: I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the real weight is 108 kilos.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thank you both for answering but I wish one would tell me if there is a difference between real and actual. As you see, it's sometimes confusing. Not very but somehow.
    Did you read the usage note in the link I provided? The difference is subtle.

  5. Banned
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Jun 2013
    • Posts: 637
    #7

    Re: I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the real weight is 108 kilos.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Did you read the usage note in the link I provided? The difference is subtle.
    Yes thank you. I completely understood what Real is but not Actual.
    Here is the explanation:
    Real, is genuine as opposed to counterfeit, false, or merely supposed: a real emerald; real leather binding; My real ambition is to be a dentist. Actual usually stresses contrast with another state of affairs that has been proposed or suggested: The actual cost is much less; to conceal one's actual motive.

    I just can't understand what the red part means. Would you please clarify it to me?

    Many thanks in advance.


  6. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #8

    Re: I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the real weight is 108 kilos.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Yes thank you. I completely understood what Real is but not Actual.
    Here is the explanation:
    Real, is genuine as opposed to counterfeit, false, or merely supposed: a real emerald; real leather binding; My real ambition is to be a dentist. Actual usually stresses contrast with another state of affairs that has been proposed or suggested: The actual cost is much less; to conceal one's actual motive.

    I just can't understand what the red part means. Would you please clarify it to me?

    Many thanks in advance.

    The part in red is directly applicable to your original question. The first person said that there were 100 kilos. That is what was proposed or suggested. By contrast, the actual weight was found to be 108 kilos.

  7. Banned
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Jun 2013
    • Posts: 637
    #9

    Re: I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the real weight is 108 kilos.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The part in red is directly applicable to your original question. The first person said that there were 100 kilos. That is what was proposed or suggested. By contrast, the actual weight was found to be 108 kilos.
    Yes thank you. But in this sentence "The actual cost is much less; to conceal one's actual motive." which part is the contrast? I mean I can't see where the difference is.

  8. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #10

    Re: I've got 100 kilos. Let me look. Yes, the real weight is 108 kilos.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Yes thank you. But in this sentence "The actual cost is much less; to conceal one's actual motive." which part is the contrast? I mean I can't see where the difference is.
    In both instances, an alternative is implied. It probably came in a previous sentence.
    John was given an estimate of $15,000 for the car. But with a trade-in, the actual cost is much less.
    People assumed he became a lawyer to help people. But his actual motive was to get rich.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] need help losing weight / need help to lose weight
    By wotcha in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Mar-2012, 10:09
  2. kg / kgs / kilos
    By ratóncolorao in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 29-Dec-2011, 12:13
  3. put weight OR gain weight?
    By cmlg38542006 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Apr-2009, 11:44
  4. 108-waste v.s squander
    By matilda in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Apr-2006, 09:30

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •