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actually • effect • close
humidity • pleasant
  1. A bad headache is the of drinking too much wine.
  2. He is a very fun person when he's not at work.
  3. It is a town to visit, but it would be boring to live there.
  4. I think I ran to 9 miles today.
  5. The temperature was comfortable, but the made it feel much hotter.
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160 Norwegian Summer
Christian talks about summer in his country of Norway.

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People think summers are cold but actually they're not.

In this example, "actually" has a similar meaning to "really."  We frequently use this word to present information that may be different than what the listener believes is true.  Notice the following:

  1. She is actually almost 40 years old.
  2. We were actually going to leave for an appointment in a few minutes.


The weather is changing because of the El Nino effect.

An "effect" is a result or a consequence of an event.  Notice the following:

  1. Her skin shows the effect of spending a lot of time in the sun.
  2. That is one of the negative effects of pollution.


The temperature gets close to 30 degrees.

If a temperature gets "close" to 30 degrees then it is almost 30 degrees, but is a little lower.  If you have $4.97 you have "close" to $5.00, but a little less. Notice the following:

  1. He lives close to 4 hours away from here.
  2. They have close to 10 dogs that live in their house.


There's no humidity, it's nice and dry.

"Humidity" is water or moisture in the air.  Notice the following:

  1. The humidity made it seem hotter outside than it really was.
  2. After a hot shower there is a lot of humidity in the bathroom.


It's pleasant weather.

"Pleasant" weather is nice or comfortable weather and is probably sunny.  This is a positive adjective.  Notice the following:

  1. Even though it rained most days the vacation was very pleasant and relaxing.
  2. She is a very pleasant woman.