Quick answer
"For real" is an adverb which is often translated as "en serio", and "real" is an adjective which is often translated as "real". Learn more about the difference between "for real" and "real" below.
for real(
fawr
 
ril
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(truly)
a. en serio
I'm getting out of here, for real.Voy a escapar de aquí, en serio.
b. de verdad
I want to kiss you for real.Quiero besarte de verdad.
c. de veras
Taylor said she stole a car last summer. - For real?Taylor dijo que robó un coche el verano pasado. - ¿De veras?
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(true)
a. de verdad
Their love is for real.Su amor es de verdad.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
3.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(affirmation)
a. claro
Lauren was an incredible woman, and she broke my heart. - For real.Lauren era una mujer increíble y me rompió el corazón. - Claro.
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real(
riuhl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (true)
a. real
Her books are based on real events.Sus libros se basan en hechos reales.
b. auténtico
This is real coffee, not that instant stuff they sell.Esto es café auténtico, no esa cosa instantánea que venden.
c. de ley
My bracelet is made of real gold.Mi pulsera está hecha de oro de ley.
2. (actual)
a. verdadero
She has never met her real father.Nunca ha conocido a su padre verdadero.
b. real
This is the real world, you have to work to earn your living.Este es el mundo real, tienes que trabajar para ganarte la vida.
3. (great)
a. verdadero
The waiting in the hospital was a real torture.La espera en el hospital fue un verdadero suplicio.
4. (mathematics)
a. real
The product of two real numbers must be a real number. El producto de dos números reales tiene que ser un número real.
5. (finance)
a. real
Companies are no longer investing in the real economy; they prefer to reward stakeholders.Las empresas ya no invierten en la economía real, prefieren gratificar a los accionistas.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(very)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I am real happy.Estoy contentísima.
This beer is real good.Esta cerveza es muy buena.
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