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adverb, interjection really pronunciation in American English /ˈriəli/
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Really can be used in the following ways:
as an adverb (with a verb): Do you really love her? (before an adjective or adverb): She’s a really nice person.I played really well on Saturday.
as a sentence adverb (making a comment on the whole sentence or clause): Really, it isn’t important.
as an interjection: “I don’t care what you think.” “Well, really!”
  1. 1
    spoken very, or very much
    some really useful information
    She really enjoys working with young children.
    I’m really hungry.
    We’ve all been working really hard.
  2. 2
    used for talking about what is in fact true, especially when something else seems to be true
    We’ll never know what really happened.
    Everyone seems to have admired Diana, but what was she really like as a person?
    Hamlet isn’t really crazy – he’s just pretending to be.
  3. 3
    used for emphasizing what you are saying about a situation
    We should really get started – it’s already 10:00.
    There’s really no need to worry.
    I really ought to have called Annie to let her know we’d be late.
    really and truly: Do you really and truly believe that he’ll come back to you?
  4. 4
    [usually in negatives or questions] completely
    Rigby had never really recovered from his knee injury.
    Are you really sure that you want to marry this man?
    It isn’t really a dictionary – it’s a sort of phrase book.
  5. 5
    spoken used for showing that you are surprised by or interested in what someone has just told you
    “I’ve decided to move back to Toledo.” “Really? But why?”
    “Emma will be 21 in April.” “Will she really? I hadn’t realized.”
    “It was the best vacation we’ve ever had .” “Oh, really?”



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