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"In effect" is a phrase which is often translated as "de hecho", and "actually" is an adverb which is often translated as "realmente". Learn more about the difference between "in effect" and "actually" below.
in effect(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (for all intents and purposes)
a. de hecho
The boy had no father, and Julio was, in effect, playing that role in his life.El niño no tenía padre, y Julio estaba, de hecho, desempeñando esa función en su vida.
2. (valid)
a. en efecto
The storm warning is in effect until 6 pm.La advertencia de tormenta está en efecto hasta las 6 pm.
b. en vigor
The citywide curfew is in effect today as well.El toque de queda en toda la ciudad está en vigor hoy también.
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actually(
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (really)
a. realmente
Will people actually be able to live on Mars?¿Las personas realmente podrán vivir en Marte?
b. en realidad
I'm not actually sure where we're supposed to meet.En realidad no estoy segura dónde se supone que nos encontremos.
2. (for emphasis)
a. realmente
I can't believe we're actually on vacation!¡No puedo creer que realmente estamos de vacaciones!
b. de verdad
I can't believe you actually ate a grasshopper!¡No puedo creer que de verdad comiste un chapulín!
3. (exactly)
a. exactamente
What did your father actually say to you?¿Qué te dijo exactamente tu papá?
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