Current vs. actual

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WRONG: What’s the latest news? Please tell me about the actual situation.
RIGHT: What’s the latest news? Please tell me about the current situation.

Current and actual are confused a lot, and understandably so. The word ‘aktuální’ in Czech means ‘current.’ But there is a big difference.

Current is something that is now, a word that describes an up-to-date situation. So if you look outside, you can say the current temperature is warm. You could also say, „I don’t have a boyfriend at the moment so my current relationship status is single.“

Actual means real. So, for example, you could say, „I met a woman who told me she was 25 years old, but I found out later that her actual age was 35!“

A: What’s the current exchange rate from Czech crowns to British Sterling?

B: 35 Czech crowns to £1.That’s the actual, official rate but the currency offices in the centre of Prague will give you a completely different rate!