| #2 (permalink) Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:24 am What's the difference between actually and certainly?
used in sentences in which there is information that is in some way surprising or the opposite of what most people would expect:
I didn't like him at first, but in the end I actually got quite fond of him.
I'm one of the few people who doesn't actually like champagne.
HUMOROUS Don't tell me he actually paid for you! You are honoured!
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
Certainly means 'of course', which suggests that we are not surprised at the situation in question.
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