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actual – Misused Words

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Misused word
actual

Alternatives
current, present.

Explanation
“Actual” is sometimes used to refer to something that is happening now. However, in English it means “real” or “existing”.

Example
Avoid “This appropriation is intended to cover basic salaries of the staff, as listed in the attached table, based on the actual regulations and on the probable adjustments.”

Use “This appropriation is intended to cover basic salaries of the staff, as listed in the attached table, based on the current regulations and on the probable adjustments.”

Source
Misused English words and expressions in EU publications by Jeremy Gardner [Updated 8.11.2013]

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