WordReference Collins English Usage © 2019
You use actual to emphasize that the place, object, or person you are talking about is the real or genuine one.
The predicted results and the actual results are very different.
The interpretation bore no relation to the actual words spoken.
Be careful
You only use actual in front of a noun. You do not say that something ‘is actual’.
‘current’ and ‘present’
You do not use ‘actual’ to describe something that is happening, being done, or being used at the present time. Instead you use current or present.
The store needs more than $100,000 to survive the current crisis.
Is the present situation really any different from many others in the past?
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