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  Ed Good  —  Grammar Tips

Real is an adjective meaning “genuine” or “authentic,” or having a “verifiable existence.”

Really is an adverb used to add emphasis and means “in fact,” “genuinely,” or “indeed.”

Careful writers do not use real as an adverb:

He ran real fast.

No:

He ran really fast.

Example: He was sure that what he saw was real. Later, he had a hard time persuading anybody that he had really seen it.

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