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BBC English Basics

BBC English Basics

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Confusing words & expressions
 
Yukki from Japan writes:Could you please tell me the difference between
actually
,
in fact
and
well
? I thinkall of them can be used to correct the previous utterance. Is there any differencebetween them?They are all very similar, but there are also slight differences in use.
actually
/
in fact
Both
actually
and
in fact
can be used to modify or contradict a previous statement:
I hear that you're a doctor. ~ Well,
actually 
 , I'm a dentist.Well, it may sound very straightforward to you, but 
in fact 
it's all very complicated.Would you agree with me that teachers should refrain from socialising with their students? ~ Well,
actually 
I think it's a good idea for them to socialise - up to acertain point!
Actually
and
in fact
can also be used to introduce more detailed information or tomake things clearer or more precise:
I'm going to take on a bit more responsibility now that Kevin's left ~ John, that'swonderful news. ~ Yes, well,
actually 
in fact 
I've been promoted to senior salesmanager.I got so bored listening to what he was saying that 
I actually fell asleep
in fact I fell asleep
half way through his presentation.
Note that we can also use
in actual fact
or
as a matter of fact
to clarify matters orto introduce new information:
I got so bored with what he was saying that 
in actual fact 
 / 
as a
 
matter of fact 
dozed off before he'd finished speaking.
Actually
is sometimes used to introduce unwelcome news:
Richard wants to invite us to spend the weekend at his cottage in the Lake District.Isn't that exciting? ~ Well,
actually 
 , I've already said we can't go.
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Note that when
actually
is placed at the
end of the clause
, it confirms news thatothers do not expect:
I don't suppose you've posted my letters, have you? ~ I have,
actually 
.Did you enjoy that modern opera at Covent Garden? ~ I did,
actually 
. Very much.
wellWell
is more widely used as a discourse marker than
in fact
or
actually
. As we cansee from the examples above and below it is very widely used to indicate that we areabout to say something. It is sometimes used to give the speaker more time tothink:
So how much do you want for your 1999 Renault? ~
Well 
 , I was thinking of £2,500.So how do you propose to furnish the house? ~
Well 
 , I thought we might invest insome second-hand furniture.
Well
is also used to introduce a statement which indicates that expectations havenot been fulfilled:
You know I said I thought I might go skiing with Jamie this year? 
Well 
 , I'm not going to now.How was the tennis lesson? ~
Well 
 , in actual fact, we forgot to go.
Well
can also be used to soften corrections or criticism:
You live in South Kensington, don't you? 
Well 
 , Pimlico, actually.You do like my yellow dress, don't you? ~
Well 
 , yes, it's quite nice. But I think theblue one would have suited you more.Why didn't you give Bob a lift back home? ~
Well 
 , how was I supposed to know hewas at the match? I couldn't find my way to the music centre. ~
Well 
 , why didn't you ask me? 
Well
can also serve to introduce important information:
You know I've been seeing a lot of Eddie lately? ~ Hmm. ~
Well 
 , we're going to get engaged.
Oh well
!If you say
oh well
, you are saying that you accept the situation as it is, even thoughyou are not very happy about it:
I'm afraid you'll have to pull out of the trip to Greece. ~
Oh well 
 , it doesn't matter.I'm afraid I forget to save that document and now I've lost it. ~
Oh well 
 , it can't behelped. I'll just have to re-type it.
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