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Children believe that these characters are real.
She had many illnesses, both real and imaginary.
I had never met a real live pop star before.
We all know the President’s real reason for refusing to speak.
Her real name is Jane Trent.
You could tell the guy was a real nerd.
This walk is a real treat for anyone interested in birds.
The committee had little real power.
The trip was difficult, but we were never in any real danger.
Real economic growth was measured at 4.5 percent.
Both prices and wages are rising, leaving real wages unchanged.
The battle scenes are frighteningly real.
Modern computer graphics look so real!
We’d imagined what an attack would be like, but this time it was for real.
Look at that outfit he’s wearing – is he for real?
Why is low-alcohol beer more expensive than the real thing?
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