« Love Actually »

« Love Actually » is the title of a movie that was released in 2003. Maybe you’ve watched it (if you haven’t yet, I strongly suggest you do so, and without subtitles please!) Ever wondered what the title meant?

Actually means « in fact », or « really”. Therefore, « Love Actually » could stand for « what love really is”.

Love Actually – 2003

Here’s another use of this adverb in a professional environment : Paul is enquiring about a provider that Suzanne was asked to call, and she replies that she hadn’t been successful yet in getting in touch with him, but will try again later that same day.

Hi Suzanne, have you been able to get in touch with our provider?

Actually, it’s been rather difficult to get hold of him, but I’ll try again this afternoon.