Actually vs Finally - What's the difference?
As adverbs the difference between actually and finally
is that actually
is (modal) in act or in fact; really; in truth; positively while finally
is at the end or conclusion; ultimately.
(modal) In act or in fact; really; in truth; positively.
- Actually , I had nothing to do with that incident.
- Neither actually nor passively. — Fuller.
* actially (nonstandard)
* In some other languages a word of similar spelling means "now" or "currently"; (e.g., Portuguese "atualmente", Spanish "actualmente", French "actuellement", German "aktuell", Italian "attualmente", Czech ""). This leads many non-native speakers of English to use "actually" when they mean "now" or "currently".
* Some commentators have:
* remarked upon the irony that this qualifier of veracity often introduces an utter lie;
[, page 3] and,
* noted that in many cases, (term) functions as little more than a vacuous emphatic utterance. [ibidem , page 4]
* In practice, actually and its synonyms are often used to insinuate that the following is either unusual or contrary to a norm or preceding assumption, or to merely preface an overconfident opinion contrasting a previous statement or norm (as per 'vacuous emphasis' note above).
: This is actually a really beautiful song. (contrasting opinion)
: Actually , I'm not from France - I'm from Switzerland. (contrary from assumption)
: At the check-out, the cashier actually greeted me for once. (contrary from norm)
* in reality
At the end or conclusion; ultimately.
(sequence) To finish (with); lastly.
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(manner) Definitively, comprehensively.
* at length
* at last
* (ultimately) initially