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"En serio" is an adverb which is often translated as "seriously", and "de verdad" is an interjection which is often translated as "really". Learn more about the difference between "en serio" and "de verdad" below.
en serio(
ehn
 
seh
-
ryoh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (solemnly)
a. seriously
No hay que tomarse la vida tan en serio.We shouldn't take life so seriously.
2. (for real)
a. seriously
Yo te puedo ayudar, en serio.I can help you, seriously.
3. (earnestly)
a. seriously
Se nos echan los exámenes encima y me tengo que poner a estudiar muy en serio.The exams are almost here, and I really have to get down to studying seriously.
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de verdad(
deh
 
behr
-
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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