WOTW: real

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - real


今週の #WOTW は 'real’ です。’Real’ is an adjective and an adverb. We also use it in a few phrases. Let’s start with the adjective.


- Sorry, but unicorns are not real. (Actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed.)

- If we break the lockdown now, the risk of contagion is very real. (Used to emphasise the significance or seriousness of a situation.)

- The real world is tough, but you only know that when you grow up. (Relating to something as it is.)

- White chocolate is not real chocolate. (Not imitation or artificial; genuine.)

- Are those real diamonds? (See above.)

- Marigold Silverspoon… Is that your real name? (True or actual.)

- He says he always buys at that shop because it’s good quality. The real reason is that he fancies the girl there. (See above.)

- Real men don’t beat their partners. (Rightly so called; proper.)

- You're a real drag, you know? You never want to do anything! (This is informal and used for emphasis. It means complete, total, or utter.)

- Don’t tell me about the country’s “exporting power”, tell me about real wages and actual jobs! (Adjusted for changes in the value of money; assessed by purchasing power.)



Time for the adverb.


- This burger is real good. (Used in North American English, meaning really or very.)



Next, the phrases.


- [get real!] You want people to give up their comfortable lives to save the planet? Get real! (This is North American English. It is used to convey that an idea or statement is foolish or overly idealistic.)

- [for real] He speaks 20 languages. For real. (This informal phrase is used to assert that something is genuine or is actually the case.)

- [for real] Are you for real? (Used in North American English in questions to express surprise or to question the truth or seriousness of what one has seen or heard.)

- [real money] She believes in the project and so, she is willing to invest real money. (This is informal. It means a significant amount of money.)

- [the real thing] This is it. This is the real thing. (Informal phrase used to refer to a thing that is absolutely genuine or authentic. For example, food, love, or music.)

- [a real live —] There’s a real life baby in the cupboard. (Used to emphasise the existence or presence of something surprising or unusual. This is humorous.)