Actually (Adv) has a meaning associated to ‘really’ or ‘in fact’ when we want to correct some information in a polite way.
- Actually, we enjoyed the concert a lot. (Maybe they weren’t expected to have enjoyed it)
- Actually, we’re from Belgium, not France.
We also use this word to emphasise that something is true.
- I don’t want to say anything until I actually know all about the whole issue.
At the moment- at present – currently
These expressions refer to the present moment.
- I’m really busy at the moment. Can I call you later?
- Currently, about twenty students are enrolled in the course.
Many were absolutely horrified by the news of Kurt Cobain’s death that 5th April 1994. Many years later, there are still many facts that remain a mystery.
Here’s a Use of English activity adapted from a text published on http://cobaincase.com/
Topic: Crime and Punishment.
I’m certainly not going to teach all these verbs together because it’s far too much and you can bet that students will be dropping off in the classroom, tears in their eyes and yawns to and fro of pure, sheer and utter boredom. Nope, I try not to bore students but sometimes the things we have to deal with can be SO tedious! Anyway, I would much rather split these verbs up into smaller (and somehow more digestible) groups, so here’s the first one that introduces some of the reporting verbs that we can use in the topic of ‘Crime and Punishment’ Watch the video created using ‘bitable for creating videos’ and after, try to do the interactive activity.
Ooh! Not such a nice topic to speak about. Did you know that the English language has a wide variety of words for all types of different crimes. And you’d say something like ‘what’s so new about that?’ Yep, but as a matter of fact, English even has words relating to different types of ‘stealing’ For instance if it’s in a shop where somebody is nicking some of the goods, the word here would be ‘shoplifting’. If it’s a bank where the crime takes place, it would be ‘robbery’ and so on.
Here’s a vocabulary activity for this topic. Please, remember that feedback makes me SO happy 😉