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"En realidad" is an adverb which is often translated as "in reality", and "de verdad" is an interjection which is often translated as "really". Learn more about the difference between "en realidad" and "de verdad" below.
en realidad(
ehn
 
rreh
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ah
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lee
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dahd
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (as a matter of fact)
a. in reality
En realidad, ganaron porque hicieron trampa.In reality, they won because they cheated.
b. actually
En realidad, esto es más de lo que esperaba.This is actually more than I had expected.
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de verdad(
deh
 
behr
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dahd
)
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (seriously)
a. really
¡Ganaste el premio mayor! - ¿De verdad?You won the grand prize! - Really?
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (genuine)
a. real
¿Por qué me miras así? ¿Nunca has visto un vaquero de verdad?Why are you looking at me like that? Haven't you ever seen a real cowboy?
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (actually)
a. really
De verdad no sé si te guste lo que te traje, pero espero que sí.I really don't know if you'll like what I brought you, but I hope so.
4. (truly)
a. for real
Bien muchachos, estuvo bien la práctica, pero ahora juegan de verdad.Well boys, practice went well, but now it's time to play for real.
b. honestly
Cuando te conocí, de verdad no sabía que ibas a ser tan importante en mi vida.When I met you, I honestly didn't know how important you were going to be in my life.
c. really
Sí, de verdad me encanta el betabel crudo.Yes, I really do love raw beets.
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